Fail to plan... plan to fail.
Color Commentary for Monday, September 25, 2017
By E. R. Haas
"Some self-confronting questions: 'Where do I want to be at any given time? How am I going to get there? What do I have to do to get myself from where I am to where I want to be? ... What's the first, small step I can take to get moving?'" ~ George A. Ford
If you are not on track to achieve this year's WOW GOALS, maybe you should think seriously about how well you make PLANS to support those goals... and how you can improve this critical area of your performance.
#1 Oct WOW Goal: ________________________________
#1 Nov WOW Goal: ________________________________
#1 Dec WOW Goal: ________________________________
How's Your WOW Power?
Do you actually PLAN to achieve these goals?
The fifth Color in the Time Prism Performance Spectrum is Making Plans. According to our huge database of test results, this Color—more than any other— remains a serious problem for the vast majority of people (some 77% rate their planning skills only fair to poor.) Test YOUR planning skills.
The impact good planning has on your future is nothing short of phenomenal. Better, it is a simple skill to learn, remember and apply. (Today's Quote by George Ford lays it out quite nicely!)
Fact: A goal without a plan is merely a wish without a hope. There is no way you can accomplish something if you don't know how to proceed. Written plans are the essential instructions for how to reach a goal.
A plan is simply a detailed MAP outlining the steps to accomplish your goal as quickly and easily as possible. At a minimum, it includes a complete list of objectives and resource requirements—all organized in correct chronological order.
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." ~ Stephen A. Brennan
With a detailed plan in hand, you're already halfway there. You've overcome the fear and uncertainty of not knowing what to do next, and have a clear set of directives with an excellent chance of success.
With a detailed written plan in hand, you proceed confidently toward each of your major goals. (Remember, it is much easier to quickly take ACTION, when you have a PLAN to act upon.)
A lack of commitment suggests you are someone whose goals often remain nothing but illusive wishes. You rarely make the progress you'd like. It may not be from lack of effort.
You are working hard but too much time is spent on activities that prove to be of little benefit.
Lacking specific instructions, you have neither a clear direction for what to do next, nor any way to chart your progress.
Sure, some goals are being achieved by trial and error—but many aren't—and more are taking far longer to achieve than they should.
Some sage advice: Make Plan. Work Plan.
Before you get caught up in the week ahead, please take a moment to think about all the things you wanted to see happen this year... all the goals you wanted to accomplish... all the interesting things you wanted to do... all the trips you wanted to take.
The question is, did you?
If not, why not? Was it because you lost the MAP that leads you step-by-step to your dreams? That's all a plan is, really. A MAP that leads you from milestone to milestone towards the future you desire.
The sad truth is, if you score less than 7 on your Make Plans Color, you will forever struggle with the needless heart-break of being waylaid and lost on the road to your dreams.
-- E.R. Haas, CEO
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