This strategic planning article has some strategies that will improve your goal planning. It is a bit lengthy…. in case you consume information better with audio…. here it is
Strategic Goal planning is so essentially important for any growth, development, progress and forward motion in our personal lives and all aspects of it. I take goal planning very seriously. For this reason I’ve developed a very detailed strategic process of putting goal planning in place. I use this model for my own purposes as well as for working with friends, colleagues, business partners, team members and clients
I’m going to share with you some highlights that I use to frame strategic goal planning. Throughout the year my strategic Goal planning is a constant evolving process. It’s very important to note, my plan is always very adaptable and open for improvisation. I believe that even the best and greatest written plan is essentially outdated by the time it’s on paper. All plans should be open to adapting and improvisation as things change and progress through the process. That’s how I face goal planning.
As the end of the year approaches, essentially the entire last quarter of each year, my mindset is already into or moving into planning and adjusting the goals. The whole bigger picture of the goal planning for the next year and onwards.
Therefore, by the time it comes to the end of the year, I’m putting the finishing touches on my goal planning. I’m entering the new year always with the mindset “I’m ready”. Forward momentum is created when the New Year is started with “readiness”. This process is foundational for setting a clear intention of what next year is going to start off with. The well laid out plan with a forward motion of fresh ideas and excitement. To do goal planning very much on purpose will start a new year with new goals and all the existing goals have been re-evaluated. As I mentioned before, it’s an ongoing process so it’s tweaking, adjusting and adapting and being in the mindset throughout the year. The larger, more intense overlooking and evaluation of the big picture as well as drilling down into the details happens at the end of the year.
The image below is a sneak peek of the scribbles I use for guidance in my own goal planning and with friends, partners, team members and clients…
Pictured above is my “Magic Carpet”. I use this Strategic Goal Planning mind map or sorts for myself and my clients.
So not to get into too much detail… but I do want to mention some of the highlights of what I use for goal planning. I want to really share some value that you can take away from this.
Setting Rules for Effective Strategic Goal Planning
The creator focuses of the entire process of goal planning. Setting and following a few simple rules will dramatically increase your follow through and therefore results. Amongst the rules that my goal planning process has in place amongst these SMART rules….
- Time bound
It is very important to keep positive, precise, realistic. Write your goals down, it increases and engages accountability and responsibility. Writing your goals down makes them more real and more intended. Goals should also be challenging, meaningful, exciting and progressive. Set goals that are going to create growth. They should be focused. You should be ready and willing to engage these rules, as well as the plan that you are putting in place with the goals.
Next, you want to work into operational goals, also some smaller functional goals that are going to be essentially stepping stones that will create progress for the greater goal/goals.
It’s very important to clarify your process. Clarify what you’ve achieved. Clarify what skills you have, your strengths and your weaknesses. Clarify your struggles in the present and where you want to go. Clarify the sacrifices that you have to make to allow you to the achieve these goals you are doing the goal planning for. Have a look at your past achievements, tasks, goals and previous projects. Keep those in mind when you’re making new ones or adapting and working through your goals. Awareness will shine bright light on your goal planning process. Be very honest with yourself during this entire goal planing process.
Make a list of your successes, your special moments, memorable moments, powerful moments. Power moments are really important to tap into when you’re goal planning. They are valuable to utilize as fuel to maintain motivation. Motivation To attain these challenging meaningful exciting progressive and focused goals is essential.
I like to separate goals into different areas of your life. For example: financial, career, soul care /soul food, relationships, as well as health, self growth, self knowledge, mindset whatever works for you …but definitely separate goals to cover all areas of your life. It is important to have a balance and not just work on the one area. Many of us tend to just work on career or just work on financial. we have to work on all of us to really be able to move forward and take ourselves to the next level. Separating your goals into areas of focus in your life will help clarify many details.
There needs to be a process that you utilize to create a flow …that creates momentum. A process that makes sense to you in how you think. Set yourself up with a process that helps you with planning implementing evaluating and improvising or adapting these goals. Hence …those words being said that’s part of the process that I use. This is a circular Process … These four key elements are ongoing. I often described them as the four wheels of the magic bus that creates all of my achievements, success, growth.
Plan constantly and consistently. Implement that plan with massive focused action. Always be evaluating how the plan is working, how your actions are working, how you feel about it. Evaluate if your goals are creating forward momentum. All of these questions should be asked constantly evaluating them. Results from the evaluation goes into that improvise and adapting of the plan. Always be switching up changes that you think might work and then loop it back to the “plan” portion of the process again. Once you have made the changes, improvised and adjusted your plan… add to the goal plan, switch it up or whatever you decide. Then implement those changes with action and constantly be evaluating how it is working.
Always be creating. Be clear when you creating. Create with intention. Be visual. For myself, notes and lists written down help me get a clear picture of what I am planning. Once I have a start I create a mind map. A mind map is one method of creating crystal clear content for your goal planning.
Create motivation and as you create motivation you will be motivated to continue to create …it’s all a process.
Identify your life purpose and then branch off from there. What is your greater purpose? Take a step back, look at your 10,000 foot view…the greater picture. What do you want to be? Who do you want to be? where do you want to be? what do you want to do? …and who do you want to help? What do you love to do? What makes your heart beat faster and harder when you think of accomplishing it?
In the process of identifying your greater purpose… then zoom in and have a look at what smaller goals you have to achieve to reach the answers to the questions I just mentioned.
(if this part overwhelms you or you are still not crystal clear on your greater purpose feel free to get in touch with me. I love utilizing my purpose strategy strengths to help people identify their greater purpose, otherwise related to as your “Why”)
Stepping Stone Goals
Once you have chosen some smaller goals… look at those smaller goals and zoom in a little more yet and what in between stepping stone goals do you need to achieve to get each of those. Meeting these smaller stepping stone goals, will then get you to your greater picture.
Achieving or “meeting” smaller, stepping stone goals will help with your motivation, your fuel, why were you doing this all in the first place. Every small goal met should be something you celebrate, cheer yourself on. Ask yourself some really deep questions at this point and be consistent.
Strategic Goal Planning Collaboration or Mastermind
Something I do as a part of my goal planning process is collaboration. I really like to mastermind with like minded people who’s opinions I value. People that have either similar strengths OR strengths that complement my strengths.
If you choose to participate in this part of the process, be sure to really mastermind and discuss goal planning. Challenge each other on the goal setting and planning process. This does not necessarily have to be an accountability partner, but somebody who just really increases your excitement. Someone you can have some thought provoking conversation with, regarding this topic.
Goal planning is a great topic to discuss!!
Speaking of Thought Provoking conversations, this video with Steve Didier and myself is powerful! Let me in the comments below, or wherever you’re seeing this post on social, how our chat inspired you to think about what you’re working on.
While you’re planning your goals, make sure to use lots of reflection. Write things down. Get a clear visualization of what this means to you.
Benefits of Strategic Goal Planning
Consider the benefits of strategic goal planning. If you really feel and know where the benefits of putting a great deal of effort and energy into your goal planning that will be a huge reward. It will be part of your fuel to keep your momentum and keep you working towards these goals.
Some of the benefits are control. You will have more control if you have a good plan. A good strategic goal plan will give you direction and your development growth and skills enhancing etc…. all of these will be much much more much greater if you have a good plan. You be able to follow it, if you could plan. You will be excited to follow the goal plan you have created if you do it well. Goal planning encourages growth and personal achievement in business and life.
Another benefit is responsibility. When you put a lot of effort and energy into planning your goals, You will be more likely to follow through and do them. You increase your knowledge. Strategic goal planning is going to increase all aspects that you’ve created in your goals.
Goal planning improves your mindset. Just simply in the planning of the goals increases your self-esteem. The process of goal planning described here in this article increases your awareness of what you’re doing, what you’re not doing what you’re accomplishing and what you are not accomplishing.
Another valuable benefit of detailed strategic goal planning on purpose is organization. Once you work through the process it will be more simple to apply each time, improving your organization as you go.
So that’s kind of just a very simple summary of what I consider when I’m doing my own goal planning. As I mentioned the goal planning with friends, colleagues, and business clients.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this strategic goal planning value and put some of it to use. If you have some great tips and/or strategies to add, please feel free to share. I’d love to hear your feedback on the value I have shared here.
Bookmark this page on strategic goal planning, so you can refer back to it as you work through your Strategic Goal Planning. Also watch as more content rolls out on this website as we start off 2015. It’s part of my strategic goal planning 🙂 HaPpY Dance!!