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  • Writer's pictureJamie Bennett

Mastering the Art of Planning and Execution: A Guide to Achieving Goals

As we move thru the first quarter of a new year, the air is filled with resolutions, goals, and aspirations. However, statistics show that a significant percentage of individuals (80%) struggle to stay committed to their goals beyond the initial enthusiasm. The key to overcoming this challenge lies in effective planning and execution with a little bit of accountability thrown in. Today, I’m delving into the strategies that have enabled me to consistently stay on top of my business and personal life, while avoiding the pitfalls that many encounter.

1. Set Clear, Achievable Goals: The foundation of my plan, year after year is taking the time to set clear and achievable goals. But before getting to that part, I conduct a retrospective of the previous year.  I ask myself a series of questions:

What went well?

What didn’t go well?

What lessons do I need to extract from last year’s experiences?

At the top of the year, I stated that I wanted to be a specific version of myself by the end of December. Did I achieve that goal?

Then I get to work outlining both short-term and long-term objectives for my business and personal life. My goals are planned on a quarterly cadence and I encourage the members of my group coaching program, The Accountability Accelerator Academy to plan this way as well. This gives us ample opportunity to shift and adapt our goals when life starts lifing or things go off the rails. 

2. Create The Goal Action Plan: Once my goals are established, I develop my action plan by outlining the steps needed to reach each goal. Break down larger objectives into smaller, manageable tasks. Assign deadlines and prioritize tasks based on their importance. This action plan serves as a roadmap, guiding my actions and ensuring a focused approach to achieving my goals. One thing I have learned is that my daily actions MUST be in alignment with my goals. Day in and day out, I must be doing the things it takes to achieve my goals.

3. Implement Effective Time Management: Time is a precious resource, and effective time management is crucial for successful execution. Prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance, utilize time-blocking techniques, and minimize multitasking. By efficiently managing my time, I can increase productivity and create space for both work and personal life commitments.

4. Build Accountability: Accountability is a powerful motivator. There is power in leveraging a community of like-minded people to help you stay focused. A group environment provides a support system that keeps me on track. Regular check-ins, goal-sharing sessions, and mutual encouragement create a sense of responsibility and commitment. 

5. Celebrate Milestones: I recognize and celebrate my achievements along the way. Whether big or small, milestones are important markers of progress. I take the time to publicly and privately celebrate my hard work and successes. Celebrating achievements not only boosts my morale but also reinforces my commitment to the journey.

Mastering the art of planning and execution requires a combination of clear goal-setting, action steps, effective time management, accountability, and celebration of milestones. By incorporating these principles into my business and personal life, I’ve been better equipped to navigate challenges and achieve the success that I desire. Here's to a year of growth, accomplishment, and the fulfillment of our aspirations!!

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