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A Goal without a Plan is Just a Wish

By November 4, 2017EOS

A while ago I realized my clothes weren’t fitting quite right. At the start of the new year I made a resolution to lose 10 pounds in the first quarter. I failed.

A year passed. I made another resolution, this time to lose 15 pounds. I failed again. Another year passed.

This time I didn’t make a resolution, I made a goal, and I succeeded in achieving it.

What changed?

  • I determined the pain of staying the same was greater than the pain of change. This gave me the DISCIPLINE to take my situation seriously.
  • I made the COMMITMENT to focus my energy and act on the goal.
  • Now that I was finally committed, I put a PLAN in place to achieve the goal.
  • I established MILESTONES to achieve along the way.
  • I created a PROCESS  a checklist of things I had to do to achieve the goal.
  • I created a SCORECARD with metrics that measured compliance with my processes and that also measured progress toward the end goal.

I went through the same process that I take my clients through when we implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®). A few simple tools that work!

Goals At an annual planning session, we prioritize the 3 to 7 most important Goals for the year that will move the organization forward.
Rocks From there, we prioritize actions for the next 90 days that will result in reaching those goals. In EOS we call these Rocks.
Process We determine the Process necessary to achieve the Rocks.
Scorecard From there we modify the Scorecard to measure our progress.

Has your pain of staying the same become greater than the pain of change? Do you have the discipline to take your situation seriously?

Take a free organizational assessment. It’s only 20 questions and you can complete it all online. If you are open and honest, it will give you an idea of how well your business executes against the best. If you score 87 or higher, congratulations! You are a great company. If you are under 80, contact me and I will show you how to improve that score.