Finishing your 2017 plan feels great … but if you’re not working it with intense and relentless focus, it’s DOA.
The harsh reality is that the so-called strategy formulation part is important … and as challenging as it may be, it’s by far the easiest.
For some reason, it just won’t implement itself.
Your 2017 Plan is just the Starting Line
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight Eisenhower
I know you’ve seen this quote before … because I use it like they vote in Chicago – regularly and often.
Because it captures the essence of the planning activity that so many executives miss. THat includes the CEOs and senior executives who complain that the exercise of creating an annual plan is basically … worthless.
They usually say something like,
“ It’s a waste of time to create a plan every year … and a budget and a forecast to go with it … because the future is unpredictable and it never turns out the way we plan it anyway.”
Military strategist Helmuth von Moltke is famously known for this simple quote in response:
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”
What’s your experience?
The New Year is always a great time for renewal and for a fresh start … but don’t let yourself get bogged down by a bunch of new resolutions that you aren’t fully committed to keep.
For starters, follow Oscar Wilde’s simple mantra for 2017. It gets easier after that.
What am I doing you ask?
For one, I am recommitted to journaling and goal tracking in a more formal way this year.
While I already keep a Daily Journal, it’s mostly for what we might consider “highlights” of the day – special events, get-togethers with family and friends, books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen … things like that.
I haven’t used it for more mundane or routine things, but this year, I’m going to make a more concerted effort to formally track my goals and accomplishments.
In only a few days, I’ve noticed that it’s made me much more attentive to those goals and more eager to move them forward every day.
There are also a lot of software tools out there to help this process. I am expanding and strengthening some existing tools, and exploring several new ones. I’ll let you know what I’ve learned in the coming days.
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These are a few of the 2017 Goals I’m tracking
This year, I’m going to keep track of the 2017 goals I have identified:
Sure, talent is always a plus, but there are a lot of things you can do that require no talent at all.
This is a holiday season post, so while I’m taking a little time off, I wanted to encourage you to think about what you can do in 2017 without any talent at all!
What Can I Do If I Have NO Talent?
You may have seen a list like this somewhere, so I won’t belabor it.
If nothing else, it is a valuable reminder that you have a contribution to make.
While I’m sure you DO have talent, probably in many areas, this is a reminder that talent is not required for some of the most important behaviors that make us successful … at work, at home, in our community … in LIFE.
1. Be on Time
As many of you know, I’ve written about this before. Nothing could be easier.
That’s why it’s #1 in my E-book, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – 7 Remarkably Simple Steps to Earn Respect.
2. Work Ethic
I think you already know this.
Hard Work will cure a lot of ills, and overcome virtually any lack of talent.
The holidays are here and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get it all done. You know, all the productivity stuff we talk about
S o, instead of asking you to work at something – anything – I’ve decided to give you a gift of holiday music.
Song Writers Got Nothin’ On Me
I love music … and there are a lot of great songs out there. There are also a lot that aren’t so hot … so I figured, why can’t I write a song? I got game. I got tunes. I can carry a note. Why not me?
There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~ P.J. O’Rourke
Whaddayamean, don’t quit my day job?
Oh yeah? Well, don’t say it until you’ve sung this baby!
So, let’s hit it. Sing along to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Key of D Sharp, please.
All together now:
The first thing in business that’s such a pain to me … is the never-ending stinking eee-mail.
The second thing in business that’s such a pain to me … stuff a-cumm-u-lating … and the never-ending stinking eee-mail.
I have been married forever to a beautiful woman and have one spectacular daughter who has dedicated her life to helping children with life-threatening illnesses.Read more ….