A plan isn’t just a piece of paper with a set of initial ideas about what you might do. It’s an entire process that you engage with throughout your journey. You set goals, figure out your strategies and approaches, define tasks and work out what’s required to make them happen. You revisit this plan continuously, refining your ideas, reallocate resources, and move your goals forward as you make progress.
Your plans, therefore, are the living map for your entire journey. They evolve with you as you grow, develop, fail, and achieve. The effectiveness of your planning process will hinge on your ability to engage with your team and community through your planning and decision-making, and how you will build your own capacity to set and achieve goals.
THE JOURNEY TOWARDS MASTERY: PLANNING
Successful people set goals and strive towards them. They work hard and manage their time well. Setting objectives and working hard makes it easier to reach. To do this, you need to plan ahead of time. Breaking things down into smaller, more manageable concepts or actions often helps. Single-tasking is possible here. But it isn't always that easy. Not every scenario can be pulled into its separate parts. You may need to figure out how basic problems are related, or why there is no easy answer. You may well need to juggle competing demands in the understanding that not everything can be done and that there is no perfect solution. This is normal, and developing an approach to managing this improves both your organisational skills and your ability to manage yourself along the way.
Turning big ideas and big hopes into fruition requires strong knowledge of who you are, where you are going and what you might encounter along the way. Your attention to detail and meticulousness will also be crucial. To prepare for the challenges ahead together, you must develop your knowledge, skills, dispositions and habits as a planner. As you explore The Pathway to Excellence further, you will find you can improve the quality of your planning by:
- Identifying and understanding the consistency of your self-regulation – how well you take responsibility for and follow through with organising yourself and your life
- Adopting an effective approach towards your goal setting – how you create meaningful plans to define what you want to achieve in your life
- Working through improving your skills in project management – how you make specific choices to construct plans and achieve your goals in a timely and resource-effective fashion
- Locating your success through the judicious exercise of your evaluation and assessment skills – how use both evidence and intuition to make sound judgments about the degree of success you are having in accomplishing your plans