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Execute Success: The Third Ingredient to Success

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. Sir Winston Churchhill

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Executing Your Plan

This posting places in action the final ingredient of success. The execution phase brings together the planning and discipline concepts from the last postings and pieces together a strategy for time management and execution of your tasks. Our discussion continues with Section I:

Selecting Goals and Benchmarks for a Life Phase

The planning concepts for designing the Benchmark Planning and Selection sheet (Appendix Form-I) can be found in Chapters 3-4. These two chapters discuss how to plan and prioritize the benchmarks that will help you achieve respective goals. You were instructed to use the Justwyn Model for Benchmark Planning (Appendix Form-D) to identify and prioritize your benchmarks. Use this model to design the Benchmark Planning and Selection sheet.

As a general rule, a life phase covers about 2-5 years, depending on what you want to accomplish. A phase running less that two years may not be long enough to achieve certain goals and benchmarks. Likewise, a phase running more than five years may cause you to lose focus of what you are trying to accomplish.

Selecting the goals and benchmarks for a life phase requires some strategic thinking on your part. Make sure you understand the concepts discussed in the planning chapters before proceeding with this discussion. I will use a step approach to illustrate what you need to do.

Step 1:
Your first step is to review your Objective and Goal Planning sheet (Appendix Form-H) that you just completed. Select the goals that you will be work on during your next life phase (diagrammed by the letter (A) in the illustration below). The number of goals depend on what you are trying to achieve for the next nth years.

Step 2:
Your second step is to take the Benchmark Planning and Selection sheet (Appendix Form-I) and write your life phase and assigned years. Then list in the pinnacle section of the pyramid each goal that you selected for this phase (diagrammed by the letter (B) in the illustration below). You may need several sheets if you assigned more than one goal for this life phase.

Step 3:
The third step lists and prioritizes the benchmarks that will achieve each respective goal. The planning concepts on benchmark identification and prioritization can be found in Chapter 3-4. As you recall, a benchmark is a sub-goal. List the benchmarks in hierarchical order with each layer of benchmarks supporting the layers above it. Write the benchmarks in the spaces provided. The pyramid has a maximum of 9 stones. Combine benchmarks or leave some spaces blank near the top of the pyramid if you have more or less than 9 benchmarks.

Step 4:
Review each Benchmark Planning and Selection sheet. Select the benchmarks that need to be completed during this time phase and list them under the respective “Achieve” heading. You may select all or a few of the benchmarks depending on what you need to achieve during this life phase.

Next week, we will define the tasks that will be needed to achieve the assigned benchmarks.

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