Strategies For Success
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. Bruce Feirstein (an American screenwriter and humorist)
First and foremost remember that your goals are worthwhile and necessary. Never let anyone destroy your dreams and visions.
Many times we have incredibly complex goals. We have the reasons why these goals need to be accomplished. But we never have any plans developed to reach these goals. Goals without plans are much like the politicians promises to the voting constituent. They sound good, but there are no realistic plans to achieve these promises. The costs simply haven’t been counted and put into planned actions. Plans in this context may be defined as smaller achievable goals.
In order begin setting out a strategy for your goals; the resources available to achieve your goals need to be evaluated and developed. What talents do you have or need to obtain? Where can you obtain them? You may not have all the resources you need at the start, but they may be developed or even purchased (there is no reason to recreate the wheel). Perhaps someone in your sphere of friends may have resources that you would require.
A strategy is an orderly, efficient use of your resources to reach the smaller achievable goals that make up your plan (course of action) which further enable you to reach your ultimate goal. Special attention needs to be paid to the use of your resources to that you don’t spread yourself to thin. Developing a strategy helps you to keep from going in too many directions at the same time.
In the subset of smaller goals utilized to reach your ultimate goal you will need to determine what will be done and when it will be done. Periodically you will need to monitor your progress and reevaluate your plans. Be sure to celebrate your successes along the way. This helps to reinforce and encourage you along the way. (One of the reasons to break a larger goal into smaller goals is to see your accomplishments as you progress.)
It is important to be proactive versus reactive. It is easier to let your situations dictate your path, rather than to anticipate situations that might arise make plans to either handle the situation or altogether avoid it. You don’t want to manage by crisis or you will always struggling to obtain your goals.
We are in a dynamic world. It is a time of real change and you must be flexible in your plans to meet these changes. No longer can we rely only on past experience to accomplish our goals. The future will never again look like the past. Technology increases alone change daily the environment we live in.
Take the lead in implementing strategies for your life. This is your time to shine, by building planning tools to help ourselves be successful in the ever changing new world we find ourselves in.