If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
Earlier this summer, I was elected to be president of my Toastmasters International club. It was an honor to be selected for this position, but it also comes with a lot of work. I have to kick-off and close our club’s bi-weekly meetings. I have to plan and lead our club’s executive committee meetings. And I have to interface with fellow officers, club members, and guests.
One of my responsibilities as the club president and member of the club executive committee is to create a Club Success Plan. Essentially, this is a document to record the club’s current status, challenges, and goals for the coming term. And the Club Success Plan provides a place to write down a plan for overcoming obstacles and achieving our goals.
This week spent time completing the Club Success Plan, and I’m excited for the results when we look back at the plan throughout the term and at the end of the term in June.
As I was working on the plan, I reflected on the importance of writing a success plan for other areas of our lives.
What do you want to accomplish this year? What goals do you want to achieve?
Do you have a plan to get there?
Typically, we talk about goals at the beginning of the year. Everyone gets hyped up on New Year’s Resolutions. The enthusiasm lasts for a few weeks or even a few months before we settle back into our normal existence trying to survive the pushes and pulls of our busy lives.
By the time we get to this time of year, our resolutions and goals are long forgotten, and we are trying to make it to the next weekend.
As Benjamin Franklin said, many of us fail to achieve our goals because we fail to create a plan for getting where we want to go.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to fail. I like to succeed. I like to achieve. I like to make progress towards my goals.
Writing a personal success plan doesn’t have to take forever. You can write a success plan for yourself using these simple steps:
5 Steps To Creating A Personal Success Plan That Works
- Evaluate your current condition. Self-assessment is critical to creating a personal success plan that works. What is working well? What isn’t working so well? What changes do you need to make in your life? Take time to evaluate you. This may require time away from the things that normally distract you, and it may require feedback from those who know you best.
- Determine your goals. Where do you want to be in one year? What do you want to achieve? There is no point in completing a success plan if you don’t take time to determine your goals. If you don’t know where you want to go, you can be certain you will get there – no where that is.
- Recognize the obstacles and challenges in the way. What is keeping you from achieving your goals? Is it time? Is it skill? Is it lack of knowledge? We all face challenges. When creating your personal success plan, you have to know your weaknesses and challenges. Being aware of these will help you make changes to get around, get over, or get through the obstacles in the way of achieving your goals.
- Write down a map for overcoming these obstacles and challenges and for achieving your goals. Create a SMART roadmap to reaching your goals. Be specific. Have measurable check points along the way. Make sure your goals are attainable and realistic. Finally, determine the timetable for reaching your goals. When you write down your road map, be as detailed as possible. Who is responsible for reaching your goals? What help do you need to meet your goals? What specific steps will you take to make sure you succeed? Write it down!
- Work your plan. Finally, a plan does nothing without action. Once you’ve created your plan for success, follow through. Take the necessary steps to succeed. Stop along the way to evaluate your progress. Then keep going. Don’t stop until you reach the end – SUCCESS!