It's getting close to New Year's Resolution Time. As a result, I'm seeing a significant increase in traffic to my Personal Strategic Planning posts. Personally, I think strategic plans are more effective than New Year's resolutions -- partly because they force to you think through not only what you'd like to accomplish, but also how to go about it. However, my sense is that some people are not yet ready to commit to developing a full-blown personal strategic plan. If you’re one of those people, consider taking less than 30 minutes to do a mini- plan instead.
Creating a Mini-Personal Strategic PlanThe process for creating a mini-personal strategic plan is the same as the process for creating a full-blown plan that I described in my earlier posts -- except that it addresses only one of your dreams. In short, you:
- Describe your dream (what you want to accomplish)
- Identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats (SWOTs) relevant to that dream
- Identify the major goals that must be reached in order to realize your dream.
- Identify your strategies -- the steps you must take to reach each goal.
When you have finished the planning process, you will be able to visualize the goals you need to achieve to realize your dream, and the steps you need to take to reach each goal.
If you have trouble with any of the above steps, they are described in more detail in the posts describing the full-blown planning process.
- Discovering Your Vision,
- Identifying Your SWOTs, and
- Creating Your Personal Strategic Plan (developing goals & strategies).
Once you finish your mini-plan, see how easy it is and see how useful the results are, I hope you will reconsider and do a complete personal strategic plan.
Other Personal Strategic Planning PostsThe Core Processes
Discovering Your Vision: Identifying the dreams you want to make come true!
Identifying Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOTs): the "meat" of the process.
Creating Your Personal Strategic Plan: writing your goals and strategies
A Career Planning Approach: An approach to doing a mini-plan for your career; also useful in other areas.
A Sample Personal Strategic Plan: an introduction/overview including examples & sample formats
Personal Strategic Planning Schematic: a schematic showing relationship between all of the planning posts
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