Success is not an accident. It begins with a well-conceived plan. You can and will achieve more in the next year than you have in the past with a disciplined Personal Strategic Plan.
Personal strategic planning is a disciplined thought process, which produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide who you are, where you are going, what you do, and how, when and why you do it. All of this is done with a focus on the future.
The purpose of personal strategic planning is to help you:
* Provide direction, meaning, and purpose for your life.
* Make decisions that positively affect your future.
* Focus your energies on what’s most important.
* Achieve the greatest results in the shortest period of time.
* Significantly increase your level of performance.
* Enjoy more time, money, balance and freedom.
* Eliminate uncertainty, anxiety, doubt and fear.
* Leverage your skills more effectively.
* Enhance your quality of life, and overall peace of mind.
* Be more, do more and ultimately to have more from life.
Personal strategic planning is based on the premise that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan.
A successful plan must include the following:
1. Personal Philosophy: Every person has a personal philosophy consisting of some rules adopted from one’s parents, culture, religion, acquaintance and so on. Generally speaking, these rules, as a body are not well thought out and contain a wealth of inconsistencies and contradictions.
2. Legacy Statement: Your legacy serves as your life’s defining statement. It serves
a two-fold purpose. First It provides an overarching framework for all missions
statements and goals to follow. Second, it answers the question, “What do I want
to be remembered for?”
3. Mission Statement: A mission statement is a declaration of who you are, why yo exist, and what you intend to accomplish. In business, the organizational mission answers the big question: “What is our business?” In personal planning, the question is “What is my life’s business?” In both cases, the answer must define the reason for being.
4. Core Values: Our values act as our compass, guiding us through life’s terrain. One certain way of knowing that you are living in accordance with your values is by defining guidelines and measurements for value centered living.
5. Code of Ethics: Words quietly influence our attitudes and opinions. Codes of Conduct, personal creeds, and pledges all reflect an effort to make sense of things, to organize behavior, and to better understand ourselves
6. Lifetime Objectives: Your objectives should be written within the framework of your Legacy & Mission Statements. The key to any Personal Strategic Plan is to visualize your desired outcomes in advance. Be sure to write and rewrite your Lifetime Objectives as affirmations of the future you are working to realize.
7. Goals: The key in writing your goals is to make them measurable, specific, and time bound. Goals need to be written for each of the ten critical areas of life which include: Personal Health, Recreation, Family, Friends, Community, Career, Financial, Household, and Spiritual.
8. Personal Board of Directors: A personal board will accelerate your progress by providing both wisdom and support for the attainment of a specific purpose.
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Karmen A. Booker is an Attorney, Business Consultant and Chief Consultant for Compu-Perfect Professional Services, a business consulting firm specializing in business incorporation, establishing limited liability companies, contract drafting & reviewing, and more. CALL ATTORNEY BOOKER at (301) 408-1082 and visit her website at www.compuperfect.net
She is also the author of “Biblical Entrepreneurship.” This book includes seven (7) vital steps to starting your business and detailed information on the legal requirements involved based on her experience as an attorney. This book is available for online purchase at www.kbooker.wordpress.com/biblical-entrepreneurship/