So, What's Your Plan?
If you were to ask most people what the plan for their life was, chances are they'll look at you with a blank expression. Perhaps they will appear surprised and trying figure out why you're asking such a deep question!
The truth is "if we fail to plan, we plan to fail"
Of course some might say "planning is guessing", but I'd rather take a guess than be wandering blindly into my future.
In this session we're going to look closer at why making a plan for your leadership and personal development is so essential, then map it all down into one page....trust me, it's going to be a lot of fun.
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation”
Commit To Personal Growth
People who keep getting stuck fail to see results because they are too busy with other 'stuff' and neglect their own personal growth and development.
Many people struggle to even achieve comfortable mediocrity at best in their own life and thus are so far off the pace that they are not equipped to impact the people in the organisation they are part of. When you commit to personal growth you change all that.
If you are serious about committing to growing yourself and/or giving your team the investment they deserve....and you’re willing to be open minded enough to learn from others, which will be challenging and may stretch you in ways you're not used to, then you need to consider these three essential steps:
A. Being Intentional
Put simply, knowing isn’t the same as growing. Old age may happen automatically, but growth doesn’t necessarily come with experience. Growth will not happen unless you choose to be intentional about it. Growing to your potential begins with living intentionally and committing to making the investments required to see success in your day-to-day leadership.
"Knowing isn’t the same as growing"
“To change your life, you need to change your priorities” - John Maxwell
Question: What are you not doing today that you said you'd do yesterday?
"Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it."
James 4:17 NLT
Theres lot's of reasons people delay or put off what they know they ought to do but here are the 4 most common reasons people procrastinate:
This is the inability to make a decision quickly.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
James 1:8 (KJV)
Perfectionism is the Mother of Procrastination.
"If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done."
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (TLB)
4 When the clouds are full of water, it rains.When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 MSG
"Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety."
Proverbs 29:25 (TLB)
"Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders"
Proverbs 12:25 (TLB)
"Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering."
Proverbs 13:4 (TLB)
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.”
“Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” Stephen Keague.
“What if you spent less time debating the PERFECT solution and more time on the BEST solution?”
B. Being Aware
Growth requires having awareness. To grow yourself, you must first know yourself. To reach your potential you must know where you want to go and where you're starting from. This involves having the courage to look in the mirror and ask some difficult questions. Only then can you set your course and step towards change and expansive growth.
"To grow yourself, you must first know yourself."
Great news - every believer is gifted and have the ability to better understand how our giftedness could shape our future (1 Peter 4:10)
3. Being Accountable
If you want to become more consistent in your growth, you need to choose to become accountable for your intentions so they become actions. If you want to grow, accountability is essential. Growth thrives when you are in the right environment with the right people at the right time. When you invite the right people into your world of personal development, you activate the essential component for sustained success - accountability.
"Growth thrives when you are in the right environment with the right people at the right time."
"Idea’s don’t change the world - actions do”
"You won’t get it right unless you're prepared to get it wrong."
3 Simple Ways To Reach Your Goals
Here's 3 very simple ways to help you reach your goal this year.
1. Identify your GOALS
What are the things you are you trying to achieve this year? Climbing a mountain often gets much easier once you have picked the mountain. Stop procrastinating and decide which goals you're going for.
"Climbing a mountain often gets much easier once you have picked the mountain"
2. Formulate your GOALS into a phrase or number
Why a number? So you can take aim and know if you’ve hit it!
Keep it simple, keep it clear. Complexity is the friend of anyone who wants to live in the shadows or create hiding places. It’s a great tactic leaders can use when things are not going quite as well as they planned or promised. Complexity masks the truth and can give a leader time, but at what cost? Great leaders operate in the open, not the shadows.
“You won't do yourself any favours by making simple things complex, but you will see some big wins when you make the complex simple.”
3. Keep your GOALS in sight — literally
Keeping your goals in plain sight will help you be accountable. Stick them on the fridge, your screen saver or send to a trusted friend for accountability.
“Making excuses may save you from a moment of criticism, but ultimately it will keep you from a life of progress.”
Let's Get Started
Over the years I’ve developed a planning document (for family and ministry life) to help me review where I'm at and keep us me course - I call it my..
"One Page Plan"
Includes 2 key areas;
A. My FOCUS
What are my goals for the year(s) ahead, what am I working towards and what does my journey look like?
1. The Life I See
Write a personal statement that reflects your life mission.
2. My Signature Scripture
Is there a scripture I've built my life around or one that means something significant to me personally.
3. Core Values
Values shape who you really are. What do you value? Generosity? the House of God? Servanthood? Excellence? Family? The list may be endless but try to narrow it down to a short list of core values that are your non negotiables.
4 - 7. Goals
Do you have goals this year and years to come? What are your 2-3 year targets? be debt free perhaps? What are your priorities this year for you personally or as a family? Then consider any ministry specific priorities too.
8. One Big Hairy Audacious Goal
What are you believing God for, that only he can do?
9. My Reputation
How do you want to be described?
10. My Tone
How do you want to sound?
11 - 15. Vital Zones
There are a handful areas in everyones life that if not healthy, will cause everything else to fall apart. We call them Vital Zones and they are; Relationships, Finance and Health. Look at each zone in detail and outline some goals and non negotiables.
16. Reading Plans
Do you have a plan to grow and develop? Kick start your personal development by committing to read a book a month. Also begin journaling daily, spending time in prayer and reading the word - they key here is to write it down. But where to start? Romans, the Gospels, Psalms? You decide.
Do you have an effective daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual rhythm to ensure life doesn't overtake you and keep you effective? If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
16. My Daily Rhythm
What does your typical day look like? Do you plan ahead or just take it as it comes? What time will you rise, pray, work, rest, play?
Your week will be over before you know it. What days will you exercise, see friends, attend class, hang out with the kids? Have you made room in your week for your spouse, church, Jesus, kids, friends, yourself....?
"If you don't focus on the small, the big becomes an illusion."
18. My Quarterly & Annual Rhythm
Same rules apply - there are some things that happen annually like holidays, the big conference, etc. I’m guessing you’ve got the idea by now.
Here’s some additional advice on what to do next and useful things to remember:
In planning, its ok to change your mind.
Keep everything simple - you’re not writing a book.
Use this document for yourself or use it with your spouse.
Your core values shouldn't change too much from year to year but your goal will.
Don’t add more goals than space allows - better to have a few and focus.
Make sure your Miracles are things only God can do. The rest are in your hands.
Be specific with your vital zones.
Remember you can read more than 12 books a year but make a commitment to prioritise the books you list in your planner and finish what you set out to do.
Be specific in your daily rhythm - if you get out of bed at 7am, write the time down.
Be honest with yourself.
Show your planner with a trusted friend or your spouse to be accountable.
Don’t rush your weekly rhythm - you will want to change things when you see your week on paper.
If you don’t reach your goals, it’s not the end of the world. This is to help, not to be used like the law
Be spontaneous - just because you didn't write it down, doesn't mean you can do it!
Don’t compartmentalize your life - thats is not what this is about. You’ve got one life; live it full, find your rhythm and go for it!