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You Have to Know Where You Want to Go

b2ap3_thumbnail_00442518The renowned thought-leader, Yogi Berra, has given us some amazingly pithy thoughts over the years.  Thoughts that in their flashes of the obvious stop us short and make us do a double take and rethink what’s been said.  Some people have assigned the word, malapropism, to many of Yogi’s thoughts.  Well, however you label them; the resounding clarity in some of them has great value in putting things into perspective.  A case in point from Yogi’s thinking:  “If you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up somewhere else.”

You have to admit it.  His thought is absolutely right.  In fact, how could you not end up somewhere else!  However, in trying to achieve all you can be, do or have, if you end up somewhere else, you will have probably experienced failure rather than success.  In other words, for your success to be assured you have to know where you want to go to achieve it and then take the necessary actions.

So, how do you avoid ending up somewhere else rather than where you want to go?  In a word:  planning.  It’s the well-worn truism:  If you fail to plan…you plan to fail.  AND, a plan is more than just defining some goal.  A good plan will provide you a very detailed road map to the destination you define as success.  Such a plan will include five aspects to it:

  1. A long-term vision of where you want to be in three to five years.
  2. A clear mission statement defining the benefit of achieving the vision.
  3. An analysis of current strengths and weaknesses and what you need to do to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses.
  4. As a result of the above three steps, you can clearly define the outcomes (goals) you want to achieve so you can realize your vision.
  5. With goals defined, you can develop your step-by-step approach to achieving them.

Oh…one more thing…you have to take sustained action on your plan!  To paraphrase, a plan with no action is a plan to fail.

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