If you are struggling to succeed and missing the mark, the answer may lay in your strategic planning. You may not be looking at the big picture enough to understand the small things that go into succeeding on a project. Maybe you don’t really understand proper planning and organizing yet.
What Does Success Look Like?
Have you really thought about what success looks like? Take the time right now to write down exactly what success looks like to you. Does it mean more money, more freedom, or something else entirely? There are no wrong answers, but if you don’t have an answer and you don’t know what constitutes success, it will be hard to feel as if you’re successful. If you think about it, this is true for any project you are working on. What should the deliverable look like? Answer that and you have your starting point.
What Are the Steps Needed to Get to Success?
Can you pinpoint exactly the steps needed to reach success? Do you know how long it will take, how many hours each day you will need to focus on the steps needed to reach success? It’s important that you can look at what the end result is supposed to be and work your way backward to the beginning to design the steps necessary to reach success. The big vision at the end starts with what you’re going to do Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Do the Steps That It Takes to Reach Success
Once you’ve defined what success is, and designed the steps that will get you to success, now it’s time to act on these steps and do them. No one gets to success without taking action. Action is the forward movement that will help you wind up at your destination. If you’re spinning your wheels, you may be stuck in one of the planning phases. Move out of that planning phase and start acting.
Are the Steps You’re Taking Creating Momentum?
It’s also important to build in a few stops along the way toward your goals to evaluate how everything is going. Is what you’re doing leading you to success? Are you getting some results that indicate that you’re on the right track? If so, keep going. If not, re-evaluate if your plan is sufficient to move you toward the success that you need.
Is something missing that is crucial to getting to success, such as a skill that you need to take time out to learn? If so, you may need to add in time for learning, but don’t trick yourself into thinking learning is action. It’s not.
Defining success, planning based on the definition, then acting on the plan and putting into motion the steps necessary to achieve success, are all important components of moving behind the struggle to achieve success and finally experiencing success.