What is your personal strategic plan?
What is your purpose? What is your mission? What are your goals for ten, twenty or more years from today? What is your plan for achieving your goals? What are you doing, right now, to make your vision a reality?
Even in times of upheaval, strong businesses create and implement strategic plans. While most plans encompass a year or two, visionary organizations focus decades into the future. They have given careful thought to where they want to be, and their immediate decisions and actions are guided by this vision.
Strategic plans aren’t just for businesses. Take a few minutes to think about your distant future. What do you want to accomplish for yourself? Where do you want to be professionally, personally and financially, ten, twenty or more years from now? What steps do you need to take to reach your goals? What is your timetable? What do you need to do, right now, to make this happen?
Your business and professional plans can have a major impact on your personal plans. Our articles on Building a Thriving Business and Creating a Transformational Business can give structure to those segments of your personal plan.
Consider the following basics for your personal strategic plan:
- Purpose: What is the purpose for your life? Why are you here? You may have a clear understanding, or you may still be searching for this. Take a moment to contemplate, and record your current best answer.
- Mission, vision, and values: From your purpose, consider your mission, vision and values. Your mission may be similar to your purpose statement, or it may be a focused direction, fulfilling your purpose. Your vision is a statement of what the world will be like when your mission is fulfilled. Your values are the principles which guide your actions as you pursue your purpose and mission.
- Goals: What specific things do you want to accomplish? Set SMART goals. That is, goals should be specific measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
- Status: What is your current status? This is your starting point. What is your SWOT position? SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
- Strategies, tactics and action items: What are your strategies for moving from where you are to where you want to be? What tactics will you use to implement these strategies? What specific actions do you need to take to implement the tactical plan?
- Timetable and accountability: When will you accomplish each task? How will you track accountability?
- Evaluation, assessment, revision: How and when will you evaluate, assess, and if necessary, revise your plan?
Your purpose, goals and plans may change radically, and quickly. However, at any given moment, know and be working toward your intent and direction. Know where you want to go, and take action now to get there. Time flies by, and tomorrow never comes. The only day for action is today. Set your personal strategic plan and achieve your vision.