Well I meant to write this post back on Oct 1st, but got distracted and procrastinated till now. Sorry My Fault. There is an old Chinese saying: The best time to plant an orchard was 20 years ago, the next best time is now. The best time to make a plan was in the past, the next best time is NOW. It is a great time to make your plans for next year, while we are not caught up in the hustle & bustle, emotions of the holidays and year end. We have time to calmly think out what we want to achieve.
I saw a post on Linkedin that realty sums it up, don’t know who said it: “A DREAM, written down with a due date becomes a GOAL. A Goal broken down into steps becomes a PLAN. A plan backed by ACTION becomes REALITY.”
I would add due dates for the steps and daily, weekly, month actions. To quote Robbin Sharma “Each Day is Our Life Lived in Miniature.” Find some way to further your goals by daily actions, or some weekly action. It depends on the Goals, some are better suited to Daily Actions others Weekly. I find monthly well too long and easy to forget till the end of the month, then I am scrambling to get them done. But you have to find out what works for you. My friend Chris Jennings always said “I am a big fan of success, if what you are doing is working keep doing it.”
I follow Ken Fisher on twitter, last year he posted a question asking how many people had written goals for the year. Not sure how many people responded but it must have been darn few, because he responded to me personally, saying “That puts you way, way ahead of other people”. Dave Ramsey said that you don’t become wealthy by accident. I would say the same thing about any form of success it does not happen without two things: 1. Clear intent and planning 2. A lot of Hard Work over a extended period often years.
Well now is the time to take action, pick up your iPad, iPhone, laptop, even pen & paper and make your plans for next year, next 10 year or for the rest of your life. Fail to plan and you have planed to fail. Good luck.