The same thing is true about PLANNING. 

Can you imagine a construction crew for a 6 story building getting the blueprints and just looking at them ONCE? Type this address into your browser; watch?v=txhSY41G9Gw 

You do know, Fortune 100 companies ALL have a Plan (in writing?) — it’s laid out in their Annual Statements — and then reviewed in their Quarterly Reports. Are you willing to run your business (and, your life for that matter) at least as well as a successful business? 

So, how do you turn it in to a process? 

Fortunately for all of us, this has been studied down the years by The Masters and they’ve handed down what is proven to work. 

Tony Robbins — “There’s a science to success, and an art to fulfillment.” And “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” 

Before you read ANY FURTHER — get a sheet of paper and a pen! You’ll need it in a few minutes. 

The PLAN — a) Must be in writing, so that you don’t need to be a visionary to see it, and, b) Must have short, mid and long range goals coupled with strategies (recorded on a calendar) to achieve them. 

So, to do a PLAN (that will work) — FIRST you’ve got to identify — 

Who are you, and what do you want? 

‘Who are you?’ comes first if you are to have any hope of your PLAN coming to fruition. We are each born with certain gifts, talents and proclivities. Some people are more short term and specific in their thinking and vision — and some are more global and long term. 

Write down THREE THINGS that you want, right now… do it, grab a piece of paper, and write them down and then come back to this article. 

Now, identify how long it would take you to get or achieve those things. If all 3 are 6 months or less — you are a short term thinker. This means it’s easier for you to get started then to carry things through to completion. If all 3 are longer than 6 months — you have more of a global perspective — great for longer term projects, not so good for getting you started. 

Whichever way YOU are gifted, just be aware of it, so that you can manage your ‘giftedness’ counter-intuitively. 

Now, the ‘What do you want?’ part —

Let’s take FIVE areas — Spiritual, Family, Business, Financial, Personal. Take 5 INDEX cards and write down THREE goals on each card. ONE of those goals needs to be A 10 DAY GOAL — one, a 6 month to a year goal and one a 3 to 5 year goal. Spiritual comes first because your Family may let you down, but your Faith should not! It also models for your family what it can look like. Family comes next because who wants to have on their tombstone — “I wish I had spent more time at the office!” Business next because that serves your Financial plan/goals. Finally, Personal should be two categories — Physical and Mental. You can figure that one out. 

Many of you know the story of Jack Canfield — the co-father of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. When he relates the story, he tells; “The first one was turned down by 400 publishers — 144 written rejection letters.” He and his partner would take their ‘index cards’ — which they carried with them at all times and anytime they had a free moment, they would go through the cards as a visual reinforcement and mental reminder as to WHY they were doing the work they were doing. The front of the card would have the Goal and on the back would be a picture representing the achievement of that goal. He also recommends one affirmation for every card. If it’s good enough for Jack Canfield… 

Once you have the targets — you can start building the Steps and Strategies! Top performers, regardless of their field, have a few traits in common. 

They set Goals — duh — This is CRITICAL to prioritizing your actions! The difference between ‘Activity’ and ‘Productivity’ is Prioritization — How you doin’ on this? 

They maintain focus — focus is defined; The act of concentrating interest or activity on a priority! 

They are Faithful to their routines. a.k.a. — a HABIT that’s been structured. 

Habit? = A Prescribed detailed course of action to be followed regularly. 

I want to close with one last quote — and an offer… 

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. — Mark Twain 

It’s my sincere hope that you do the above exercise — on the Index cards. Here’s the offer. “I’ll show you mine, you show me yours.” I’m willing to meet with you to discuss your “Life Plan” or your “Business Plan”. You must have it in writing BEFORE you ask me for the meeting — and the meeting will be in a ‘small group’ forum format.