We're in the homestretch of 2015, and truth be told, I have mixed feelings about it. It's been a challenging year for me to say the least (the most challenging, since we're being honest), but I'm nervous about what's to come. Either way, good or bad, I want to be prepared. I'm not into new year resolutions, but I am a fan of attainable goal-setting and working towards goals with an actionable plan in place. What better time to start planning for success in 2016 than now? So, while I attempt to get my own stuff together, I figured I'd share the steps I'm going to take to plan with purpose.
The first step to planning with purpose is... to plan! However, it's not always as simple as it sounds. For me, planning includes praying, scripture studying, and soul searching to ensure that whatever plans are made line up with God's plans.
Planning also requires honesty. What's the true purpose of the plan? If the plan has no purpose, there is no place for it. Is the motive sincere? Negative or vindictive motives aren't grown and sexy, let's just put it that way. Is the timeline suitable? Setting a realistic timeline is key, or else failure is imminent. Will unquestionable commitment be applied? Commitment is the element that will keep a plan in motion.
Planning and preparation go hand-in-hand, but the steps are not the same. We can't know how to prepare for a goal without a plan first being in place. Preparation can include ending toxic relationships or restoring valuable ones, getting in shape physically or mentally, becoming spiritually aligned, or even acquiring the tangibles necessary to execute the plan that's been formulated. Whatever the case, a plan without preparation will be useless in the long-run.
Lastly, preparation should help to strengthen the ability to be disciplined, to be patient, and to persevere, as enduring the process and processing the outcomes along the way are important throughout the plan execution phase. Additionally, self-evaluation and reassessment of the plan are sub-steps of the process.
The process should start right after the preparation phase is complete. If not, procrastination can creep in, and that is a step we all want to avoid. Let's not procrastinate; plan with purpose.