Plan, Do, Check & Adjust


Many of you have had big goals in your life, you set up a plan for achieving the goal and days, weeks, months and possibly years went by and you found you had reached the wrong destination. Where did you go wrong?

“Recalculating Your Route” Many have heard these words come from your handy GPS unit as you took a wrong turn along the way or decided to take an alternate route to your destination.

Your plan no matter how well thought out or executed in the early stages can be a fail-safe for the uncanny way life has of taking you down alternate routes over time. Perhaps it is a new relationship that takes your focus off of the goal. Maybe it is a nice inheritance that makes the goal seem less important than the trips and toys you can now buy from your petty change drawer. Or perhaps, a major illness that changes all your priorities in life.

But more often than not it will be some of the more common reason that will distract you, such as, complacency, lack of discipline, or the big one for many of us, FEAR.

If you have any hope of achieving your goal or dream then you must go farther than just planning and jumping into action and expect the rewards you desire.

CHECK; Two things are important at this stage.

1. A regular schedule of reviewing where you are.  Like with the directions from your trusty GPS unit, getting to your destination requires you going from Point A to Point B to Point C and so on until you reach your destination. Regular reviews NEED to be in your original PLAN. A good tip would be to have regular, weekly and monthly time set aside to check you plan and see how you are doing in following it, based on your results.

2. An accountability partner is essential in helping you keep on course. It is harder to get lost when you have someone keeping track of your progress. Who do you have in your life that you both trust and respect enough to support you in reaching your goal? A friend, a business partner or coach are all good starting points in finding someone who can keep you accountable. I have found that many people are more willing to be accountable and get more accomplished than when they are their own accountability partner. It seems we are more willing to let ourselves down than other people.

ADJUST; Life happens, as noted above in many forms that can take you away from your original plan. Making adjustments can be simple or hard, depending on how far off course you have gone. The sooner you catch your self off course the easier it is to get back on track. That is where the review and accountability come into play, they will help you from getting too far off course.

Be willing to change your plans or make whatever adjustments are necessary, the goal is what is important to reach, not how you got there.

Another old saying that comes to me is “When the Intention is Clear, the Mechanism Will Appear.” Meaning, again, that the destination is what is important, not the HOW of getting there.

If you find you are struggling to reach your dream or goal, you may want to “Recalculate Your Route.” on a more regular basis.



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