our previous article: Goal Personal Planning Setting Success. Step 1, we talked about creating your long term and short term goals. By now we should be ready to move forward to the next step of goal personal planning setting success.
The next step in the process of goal personal planning and setting success is to develop an action plan for each goal.
Goal Personal Planning Setting Success – Action Plan.
Let’s go back to your list of goals. You may want to rewrite them on a clean sheet (or sheets) of paper. How many total short term goals do you have? Take the same amount of sheets of paper. Rewrite each goal at the top of a sheet of paper—a separate sheet for each goal. Define a completion date for each goal. Generally a short-term goal should take you no longer than three months to complete.
Ask yourself the following questions:
What can I do today about that goal?
What can I do tomorrow about that goal?
What can I do this week about that goal?
What can I do next week about that goal?
What can I this month about that goal?
Write down your answers for every goal; give yourself deadlines for each step. The list of steps can be as detailed or simple. Some steps could be really small like writing emails, making phone calls, gather information on the achievement of your goals, while some steps will require firm actions such as gaining new skills and new knowledge.
Assign a target completion date for each long term goal. Your long term goals can not be broken into a detailed step-by-step plan. Long term goals are the end point of the goal personal planning and setting success process. Long term goals are the place you want to get to. Focus on achieving short term goals to reach your ultimate goals.
Goal Personal Planning Setting Success – Work on Immediate Tasks.
Once you created your action plan, start working on it towards your goals.
Create a To-Do list every night and do all the things on it the next day. This will help you organize your process and prioritize your actions. Determine which task needs your immediate attention verses those that will wait and assign a priority to each task. You may carry unimportant low-priority tasks from one To-Do list to the next.
Make it a point to cross out goals after you achieve them or write the word "achieved". Visual records of successful accomplishment of your goals will encourage you to move forward and provide you with the motivation and enthusiasm necessary to reach your desired results in life.
The important thing about the process of goal personal planning and setting success is that you can reconsider your goal at any time.
You may face an unexpected obstacle on the way to achieving your goals. Don’t get frustrated, upset or discouraged. Look at your plan, use new information to revise your goal and adjust your plan to fit your situation. You may want to make changes in dates of completion or change the goal. Learn from your mistakes.
Creating an action plan and working on it is the second step in the process of goal personal planning and setting success.
My best wishes for your success,