By: Charlie Martin, Founder, engagementtoolbox.com
Just like a goal is a wish with a deadline, even a good goal is a wish without a solid action plan. Goals don’t get achieved without a good plan. The first step toward achieving a goal, whether it is a project oriented goal or a metric driven goal, is to define the steps that will need to be taken in what sequence and in what time frame to achieve the goal.
There are great project planning software tools available to help but they are just tools. The good news is that most of those tools do require you to think about the steps and timing necessary to complete the project or achieve the goal at a specific time. However putting all the data in the world in a spread won’t help at all unless it is started and followed as planned.
The best action plan is the one that will work for you. Other than following rules, the software used or not really doesn’t matter, what matters is you taking the necessary actions at the necessary time to achieve then goal.
Before you set or agree to a goal try to step back and think about whether you can actually achieve the goal by thinking through what it will take (the actions necessary in certain time frames to get it done).
The most challenging part of creating an action plan is getting started. If you have a goal start defining your action steps today.
About the Author:
Charlie Martin is the Founder and Head Coach of engagementtoolbox (http://.www.engagementtoolbox.com) Charlie is the author of The Tools of Engagement, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by the International Coach Federation and a seasoned leader with over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior level positions in a variety of industries. He can be reached at Charlie@engagementtoolbox.com