It’s Plan Time. Develop A Plan for You!

In the next couple of months, many companies and organizations alike will kick off their 2010 planning and budget process.   Many of us are quite familiar with this process as we have either led these strategic planning processes for our organizations or we’ve provided necessary input many times over.

 While we do this for our companies and our big projects at work, many of us do not prioritize this very important annual exercise for ourselves and neither do we apply the same level of diligence in the planning for our very own personal goals or our longer term vision for ourselves.

What if you were asked about your company’s plan for the next quarter and in the same conversation asked about your own personal goals for the next quarter?  Many of us would be fluent on the company’s goals but would flounder on our personal goals.

Just supposed we took the same care and diligence this year to perform a strategic planning session for 2010 for us, for our personal goals.  What if we stopped to assess our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities or threats in the way of our personal success?  What if we simply stopped ourselves to reawaken the vision within us that we’ve allowed to stay buried underneath layers and layers of fear?  What if we took some positive steps in the direction of  realigning our day to day activities towards those tasks and habits that will move us closer to our longer term personal goals and dreams?

Try the following steps as a part of your upcoming budget and planning process for you!

1)  First, draw up your vision board or key vision themes of what you want success to look like in a finite period of time.  Start with over the next year just to ensure the goals are tangible.  You may want to ask yourself some key questions that will aid you with your vision.  Ex.  What would I be doing if I knew I could not fail?  What am I crazy passionate about?  If I am being successful in 2010, what would that look like?

 2)  What are 3 things I can do in the next quarter that would move me closer towards my success goals? 

 3)   What does my support structure need to look like that will enable a faster speed and steady path toward achieving my goals?  Who or what things do I need to move out of the way that are no longer serving me?  Are there habits that need to be broken or new habits that I need to create to aid me in my journey towards getting closer to my end state goals?

 Once you’ve completed these 3 steps, consider enlisting a coach or a support buddy that will keep you on your toes and inquire frequently about your progress.  You do not want to share your vision with just anyone.  Make sure it’s someone you trust versus a vision buster. 

 This will be a great first start towards you moving closer to your dreams and I wish you well as you start this very important journey. 

 Unless you have a definite, precise, clear set of goals, you are not going to realize the maximum potential that lies within you. -Zig Ziglar


  1. Lacy Said,

    June 23, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

    Pretty nice post. I just found your blog and wanted to say
    that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your posts. In any case
    I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

  2. Barbara McAllister Said,

    June 23, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

    @Lacy- Thank you for the feedback. Please book my site and subscribe via RSS. I plan to be a very active blogger. Feel free to send on suggestions that you have for topics. We’ll be talking again soon.

  3. Keela Glover Middleton Said,

    June 24, 2009 @ 4:05 am

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara! It’s exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve got some work to do!

  4. Jeff Moriarty Said,

    June 24, 2009 @ 7:33 pm

    Great post, Barbara, and I am just so glad to see your blog on the air. You have a lot of wisdom and passion, and I’m really looking forward to great things to come!

  5. Alissa Said,

    July 19, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    Thanks! It is so ironic that your subject content is what I am struggling with now. Great advice!

  6. Barbara McAllister Said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    @Alissa -you are very welcome. I think it’s great that you recognize where you are and know your struggles. Self Awareness is key to moving towards your goals. All the Best.

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