Not Achieving Your Goals? It Could Be Due To One Of These Four Reasons

Are you attempting to lose weight? Are you trying to reach a financial goal? Maybe you’re working on launching a business or looking to expand your existing one. Whatever your goal is, be it personal or professional, it is essential to have a good plan to achieve it.

But where do you begin? How can you be sure that you’ve considered all the factors necessary for success?

Here’s a fast and dirty framework you can use to create an effective action plan. To be successful, pay attention to these four things.

People

How are you utilizing people to achieve your goals? Are the people in your life making you more likely or less likely to achieve what you want?

Make a list of the people who surround you and determine what assets they bring to the table that can help you achieve your desired outcome. Conversely, what liabilities do they carry that can negatively impact your ability to reach your goal?

From there, make a plan on how you plan to utilize their knowledge, skills, abilities and relationships to achieve your desired outcomes — or on how you plan to prevent them from interfering.

Daily Activities And Processes

What day-to-day activities are you currently engaged in? Do the activities you engage in each day increase or decrease the likelihood of you achieving your goals?

For example, if you’re a business owner, your organizational processes should be optimized to help you reach your business metrics. Carefully assess your activities and operations, and get rid of the ones that don’t increase the likelihood of you meeting your goals.

Information

What information is imperative in helping you achieve your goal? How are you collecting it and using it?

For instance, if you’re attempting to lose weight, it’s often vital to keep track of your caloric intake. Alternatively, if you’re assessing a marketing campaign you recently completed, you should be keeping track of your customer acquisition cost.

Having the right information allows you to make more informed decisions and increases the likelihood of your success.

Tools

What tools are you using to help you gauge the effectiveness of your daily activities and processes? The right tools can make managing people, engaging in operations, and managing information more efficient and useful.

For example, why keep track of your calorie count by paper, when you can use an app like MyFitnessPal? Alternatively, why send individual emails to your mailing list when you can use an email marketing platform such as Mail Chimp or Constant Contact? Identify the goals you’d like to achieve, then identify tools that can be used to accelerate your progress.

Creating Your Action Plan

Looking at your goal through the lens of people, processes, information and tools is a practical and straightforward way to create an action plan or to diagnose a situation. When creating an action plan, identify what people are needed to accomplish your goal and how you plan to use them, what processes are necessary to achieve your goal, what information is required and how you plan to collect it and what tools are needed in order to manage your people, processes and information more efficiently.

Here’s to your success!

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This article was written by Jason William Johnson, Director of the Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a seasoned entrepreneur, & Business Mindset Coach. 



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