If you’re like most professionals, you want to have a defined set of goals, yet for some reason you resist getting them out of your head and on to paper. Perhaps you find the process of writing a plan too time-consuming or filled with unknowns.
But what if you could enjoy the rewards of reaching goals by following an easy, straightforward method of crafting a plan? What if creating your plan turned out to be the best thing you ever did for your business or career? Yes, really!
Be Proactive, Not Reactive
If you feel overwhelmed by mounting demands from your business or job, a written plan will return control of your time back where it belongs—with you.
You can take proactive steps to advance your goals instead of watching your time get depleted dealing with the crisis of the day. You won’t have to constantly rethink and revisit the planning stage. That’s worth some effort, right?
With a written plan, you can lay out milestones for the business quarter or the entire year. Working backwards from these objectives, you’ll know exactly what needs to happen and when. So, for example, if you plan to publish your first eBook in the spring, you can schedule a writing retreat in the winter to stay on track.
Each month, you’ll feel empowered as you cross off completed activities from your plan’s list. You will see, sense, and celebrate real progress while being propelled to achieve your goals.
A well thought-out, written plan provides focus in a world filled with possibility. When faced with a decision involving time, resources, or both, simply refer to the plan for guidance. You’ll be able to make quick decisions instead of spinning your wheels. Think of the time and energy that will be freed for productive business activities!
For career changers, a written plan keeps activities organized, especially for those holding down one full-time job while seeking another. Employees focusing on professional development within an organization can share written plans with supervisors as a tool for goal-setting, planning future promotion, and marking accomplishments.
With a vivid picture in mind of your desired outcome, you can define activities to build momentum toward your goals. The important thing right now is to capture your thoughts in print, then keep updating and refining your plan.
Don’t worry about getting every piece exactly right. Over time, you will refine your plan, and it will get better and better.
The easiest solution for many professionals is to walk through the business plan writing process with an experienced guide. Whether you attend a class, brainstorm with others in your field, or consult with a professional coach, collaboration with others adds value. Peers and professionals can offer helpful feedback to validate your vision, test your action plan for feasibility, and establish the foundation for an accountability relationship.
Ready, Set, Action!
Writing the plan is one thing; it’s only effective if you take action! Seek out supportive relationships to help you stay on track, like an accountability partner or a professional coach.
Remember that your plan is not something to be filed away; it’s a working document that you refer to regularly, even daily, for focus and fresh insights. At minimum, review your plan monthly or quarterly to take in the big picture, check off accomplishments, and decide what’s next. If you need to make changes so your goals are more feasible or energizing, go right ahead.
There are many ways to write a plan and many resources available. Choose the approach that works for you.
If you’d like assistance crafting your plan, whether for business, a career transition, or professional development, let’s talk. Contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation.