Hi folks, I am back to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and provide you with a tool to kick-start your success in 2018.
I have had a productive few weeks off from writing my regular blog. I have been able to find some help to free up time and develop systems for me to be the best version of Shawn as a father, husband, business consultant and athlete. My next book manuscript is now oh-so-close to being finished and I have been developing a few very exciting projects that will launch in the New Year to bring more value to YOU, my faithful blog reader.
One of the projects I will be launching is an exclusive small group Mastermind focused on accountability, personal growth, and leadership development. You will hear more about this in a few weeks. If you know you are interested in joining this type of group just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “INTERESTED IN THE MASTERMIND” as the subject title and I will be sure you receive the registration information.
This past week I was working on my 2018 list of goals. This is something I do every December but as I was writing them I was thinking how each year it seems harder and harder to set realistic yearly goals with the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) method of goal setting. In my current state of rapid change with family, personal and business interests and demands it is difficult to set accurate goals a year out. Too often, elements in my world change throughout the year making many of my yearly goals set a few months earlier, obsolete.
Every year in December when I look back at the previous 12 months, I repeatedly could not have predicted the many wonderful, exciting, and challenging events that would shape my year. I feel my yearly goals have turned into more of a bucket list of things it would be nice to accomplish in the next year.
A bucket list is just a list of goals without at plan and a goal without a plan is just hope and hope is not a strategy to accomplish anything.
This brings me to planning for the first 90 days of the New Year, a length of time I feel I can plan for much more accurately. To plan and set goals for this first 90 days (and the next 90 days after that) I utilize a simple 90-Day Action Planner Spreadsheet.
This form only allows you to select 3 goals to accomplish, and for each goal you must include Action Steps and Date Completed By. Additional columns have you fill in the Criteria of Success and lastly a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) that will keep you on track for goal achievement.
Action: Let me know when you have filled in your 90 Day Action Planner!
From my family to your’s, I wish all the best in the coming New Year!
Shawn Stratton is an international leadership and team building consultant, professional speaker, bestselling author, and Ironman competitor.
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