All things are created twice. There is a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want; that you have thought everything through. Then, you put it into brick and mortar. Each day, you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind.
-The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey-
Many organizations and individuals have not been exposed to a systematic process that allows them to develop a creation mentally so they can understand the steps to develop their creation physically. They have goals but have not been trained on the mechanics of goals accomplishment. They do not realize how powerful the process can be.
Goal accomplishment begins by looking at where you are now, where you want to go and what the difference is between the two. Begin by taking a personal and professional assessment to help identify your dreams and aspirations. What do you want to accomplish, achieve, own, do and be? Let yourself think big and out of the box.
Then look at your strengths and areas you might want to improve. Prioritize what is most important to you now based on your dreams, evaluations, and assessments of items or goals that you want to take action on. This is the blueprint for your success.
As Covey states, blueprints alone will not generate success. The brick and mortar is establishing and accomplishing your written goals. Many people do not commit their goals to writing. Writing forces you to clarify your thinking and serves as a reminder of your objectives. They keep you on course in the midst of interruptions and distractions.
You are the architect of your life, both personally and professionally. Congratulations if you are already enjoying success as you define it! You deserve it for all your hard work!! However, if it is not what you want it to be, use your goals to change it.
As Founder of Kinesis Development LLC, Kathie Bobbitt builds potential and high performance in youth, educators, executives and organizations through seminars, workshops, executive and group coaching. The Kinesis Development processes include entrepreneurial and executive coaching and strategic planning, optimized process improvement and time strategies. Her focus is on Personal and Organizational Leadership and Character Education.