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Goals Without Plans are Pipe Dreams

I am a big fan of goals.

  • They give you something to aim for.

  • They provide focus.

  • They are the foundation of any great time management system.

  • They are necessary for any company that wants success, and highly recommended for anyone who wants to achieve success in almost anything, personal or career oriented.

Having said that, a goal without a plan is just a dream. In addition the plan needs to be actionable, have timelines and be realistic,

Martin Luther King Jr famously said, "I have a dream!" The thing is that along with his dream he also had a plan, and he worked hard towards making his dream a reality!

Some new company business plans will have a growth goal that looks like a hockey stick (very slow growth now followed by exponential growth in the future) . Invariably the "business plan" will cite statistics for the size of the world-wide market supported with a claim that it just takes .3% of the worldwide market to achieve their targets. THAT is not a plan ... THAT is a dream (or a wish).

Another common dream is to double in growth by just growing by 10% per year for the next 7 years. That only becomes a goal if there is a realistic plan that shows how that 10% annual growth will be achieved.

So ... if you have a goal (or dream) then you have a good starting point.

The very next step is to lay out a plan that will get you to that goal.

  • It needs to be measurable.

  • It needs to be actionable.

  • It needs to be doable ... even if it is a stretch.

  • It needs be tracked.

  • It needs to be reviewed periodically.

  • It needs to be flexible so that as situations change, then the plan can change.

  • I would suggest getting help developing the plan, and also help holding you accountable to the plan.

  • I would suggest having milestone goals along the way, that will demonstrate your progress.

  • I would suggest celebrating wins as you go, to stay motivated.

  • You might also want to stretch your goal as you get closer ... because success breed more success!

"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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