Accelerating your 5-year greatness plan is important because if we don’t have a plan, it’s simply a wish and while I don’t know who said that, it is a really great quote!
How do we make sure that in 5 years, we are better off now, or at least just as well off, and as happy as we are now?
Here’s some strategies that I know work really well and are part of my coaching program, “52 Weeks of Greatness”. This work benefits my coaching clients and is often the things that people come talk to me about after a speaking engagement.
Here are my best 5 quick tips for you to accelerate your five-year plan!
- Know your Strengths and Interests
If you are operating with them, you will have a lot more energy, enjoyment and enthusiasm. In the past, and here it is again, I gave you a link to a strengths tool. If you haven’t already explored it, check it out! Inventory the interests you have and anytime you can focus on them it’s going to make it easier!
- Inventory your Successes
Anything you have been successful with, from the time you took your first step at one year of age, right through to being promoted, or the first person to win an award. Whatever it is that you were successful with, write it down. Don’t minimalize it or be humble. We are accelerating your 5-year plan, not coasting toward it!
- Identify How You Spend Your Time
Draw a big circle and within it, draw lines to identify three pieces of the pie. One big part of the pie is work that is awesome, productive, healthy, and makes your day wonderful. The second piece of the pie is simply good stuff, the things that are ok. And the third piece is things that add no value whatsoever. The key here is identifying what you want to do more of and what you need to cut out. Identify what is Great, Good and Not So Good so you see where adjustments need to be made. Note: credit to Michael Bungay Stainer for this idea in his book Do More Great Work.
- Learn to Say No
Consider how to eliminate or reduce things in that pile that are not working for you Decide how much time and energy you give them so you can make room for the good stuff. You will decelerate your plan if you are going to do all of those things that are either OK or Not Good. We want to do more Great!
- Identify the Next Step Forward.
To accelerate your plan, it needs to be small, manageable, concrete steps. Celebrate them when you reach them! We get into trouble when we create big ambitious goals – “I’m going to run a marathon,” when in fact identifying the next step – “I’m going to join a local running group” – is much more manageable and action-creating.
How will you know you’re successful in this exercise? When you can picture yourself 5-years from now with that plan having been realized. You can tell the story, in the present tense in vivid detail, of where you are now (in 2022) and how you successfully realized your greatness plan. How you:
- Leveraged your strengths and built on your interests
- Drew upon past successes and resources
- Spent your time more wisely
- Said “no” more to say “yes” to the right things
- Took a first powerful step that propelled you toward greatness
What other steps would you include? Comment below!
I hope you continue to join me in this greatness journey in work, family and life. I invite you to subscribe to my You Tube Channel and share this post with others who are on their greatness plan (or ready to start!) You may even chose to join me one day, such as at the SPARK Women’s Leadership Conference in beautiful Fort St. John BC, where we dive deeper into Accelerating Your 5-year Greatness Plan.