Entrepreneurs are often plagued with having plenty of vision but rarely turning them into reality. This is a problem for any visionary.
However, there is a way to overcome this challenge.
Take the following 5 steps to develop a strategic plan so you can gain the traction and momentum you need to accomplish your big goals and dreams.
1 – Write Down the Vision
Success mentor Jim Rohn famously said, “Don’t start your day until you have it finished on paper first.” This is good advice for daily living, but it’s critical for executing big business visions. A vision in your mind is only a dream, but a vision that is written down is the beginning of a strategic plan.
2 – Define Achievable Goals
Think backward to define the key steps required to achieve your ultimate vision. These steps become your “big rocks” that you must move in order for the dream to become reality. You may have 3-5. You may have more. The important thing is to become very clear on what it will take to accomplish your vision.
3 – Create Clear Objectives
Once you have your goals defined, it’s time to create action steps under each one. For instance, goal #1 may require you to take ten specific smaller actions while goal #2 may only require three. The more specific you are upfront the better. You can then turn these objectives into checklists that will guide your daily work.
4 – Set Specific Deadlines
One problem many people make in pursuing big dreams is leaving things open-ended. When you have a firm deadline, your brain kicks into high gear in order to accomplish the tasks. Without a deadline, it’s easy to push things out farther and farther. This leads to frustration. Give each goal and objective deadlines, then block time on your calendar to tackle each one.
5 – Review Your Plan Consistently
Depending on the size of the project, you may need to review your plan more or less frequently. For a large year-long project, you may need to review monthly and quarterly. For a month-long project, you may need to review daily and weekly. Whatever the scope of the project, make sure you are reviewing consistently so you can stay on track and keep moving forward.
Most people have big visions for their lives or businesses, but few actually accomplish them. It’s not because the vision doesn’t matter, it’s because most people don’t put an actionable plan in place. In order to accomplish the big dreams that God places in your heart and mind, take these five steps and watch how much you can accomplish in a day, week, month, or year. You’ll truly be amazed!
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