Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Getting Ready for Accomplishment

I do not know if you believe in planning, but those who do accomplish a lot more. Planning is the highest priority activity that exists. It is the place that everything starts. But a lot of thinking needs to be done about it. It is a starting place, but it is not something that should capture you and create stress. It is merely a GPS guiding you to a specified destination. Like on a trip, you can make U turns, you can take pit stops, you can intentionally change directions and your destination, you can take others with you, etc. You can do multiple things on your journey. You are in control. And your journey should be fun.

So where do we start. In our business we teach Storyboarding. It is an exciting and productive way to visually engage all sorts of ideas. We generally use 3X5 cards and using push pins, we pin them to a large bulletin board. They now make these cards like Post-It Notes (extra sticky) so you can put them on a wall or any flat surface. In a pinch, you can use regular cards and just lay them on a table. The visual component creates magic in your head and generates many more ideas. It is best to use a Sharpie to write with so you can easily see everything.

Start with your mission or purpose. Where are you headed in your life? What do you want to accomplish? Where do you want to be in one year? Five years? A year from now, what will you have accomplished? Make a general statement about your life. Keep it short. Long mission statements are not effective because you cannot remember them.

Follow these steps.:

1. Develop a Mission Statement

2. Write down your values

3. Do a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

4. Create a “What I am passionate about list

5. Brainstorm a list of what you want to accomplish in each of the eight areas of 
        life. Physical, Mental, Social, Family, Financial, Spiritual, Hobby, and Career.

The above steps and more additional information are included in the following “Personal Directions Leadership Workshop”.

If you are just stuck in a place and want to be somewhere else, think about getting the book “Life Reimagined”.  It is a quick read and will help you challenge your thinking.

Take the journey and enjoy your life.

Ken Bratz

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