A Success Building BLOG (part IV.f)

A Success Building BLOG (part IV.f)


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Planning for Success:

The First Ingredient

“It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In this posting, you will develop your personal goal plan. The planning process can be completed in three phases.

Planning Phase (1): Forethought

Step1: Define your personal objective – the single thing you want to accomplish in life.

Step2: Complete a personal SWOT analysis (Appendix Form-B). Here you will identify your personal strengths and weaknesses that can help or hinder your achievement of your objective. You will also list any opportunities or threats that give you an advantage or equally impede your accomplishments. Your completion of a SWOT analysis will help you identify the goals in Planning Phase II.


Planning Phase (2): Developing the Plan of Action

Step1: Write your objective in the pinnacle section of a Justwyn Model for goal planning as illustrated. You may use Appendix Form-C to complete this exercise.


Step2: With the help of your SWOT analysis, identify the goals that will achieve your objective. You can use Appendix Form-C to complete this exercise. Think of the goals as steps in a ladder. You must climb each step of the ladder to reach the top of your climb — in this example, the objective.

After you identify the goals, you will need to prioritize and arrange them respectively using the Justwyn Model for goal planning. Place the goals that need to be achieved first on the bottom layer of the model. Place the goals that need to be achieved second on the next layer of the model. Complete this prioritizing for all successive layers in the model. Arrange the goals respectively on each layer if a goal supports another goal on a successive layer; e.g., the goal undergraduate degree for example, supports the goal graduate work and should be placed underneath it.


Step3: Take the first few goals on the bottom layer of your model and identify the benchmarks (or sub-goals) that will achieve each respective goal. You can use Appendix Form-D to complete this exercise. Once you identify the benchmarks for each goal, prioritize and layer the benchmarks in the model. The prioritizing and arranging of benchmarks is similar to the prioritizing of goals.


You will then take each benchmark identified in Step 3 and list the major tasks that will achieve the benchmark. You will use the Justwyn Model for task planning to complete this exercise (Appendix Form-J). The tasks are the nitty-gritty, everyday “to do’s” that achieve a benchmark.



Planning Phase (3): Recognition

Step1: Review the goal/benchmark/tasks listed on your Task Assignment Sheet. Recognize the benefit that you want to achieve. Note any advancements that should be made.

Your completion of this exercise will give you a planning model to work with. Review the model thoroughly for changes or additions. You will use this model to design the execution steps that achieve the tasks—benchmarks—goals—objective and success. First we will review the discipline ingredient before moving to the execution phase. So hold onto your plan.

This finalizes our discussion on planning. Next posting, we move our discussion to the 2nd ingredient of success: Building the Discipline to Achieve Your Goals.

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