September is always a reality check time for me. Time to park my liminal “summer brain” and get back at things.
If you’re part of my community, I can only assume you love doing meaningful work that benefits others. You’ve been working hard, so it’s check-in time to see if you need to make adjustments down the home stretch.
Remember back in January? We started out with a brand-new year. It was a clean slate with some fresh goals and aspirations. You may have even joined me in the three-word challenge.
Well, now we’re at the nine-month mark and it’s time to hard evaluate.
What are you going to do with your next 4 months?
Do you have a clear plan in place?
Last year at this time I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with some of the personal and professional goals I had set for the end of the year. I worked with a coach to create a plan of attack to achieve what I had in mind.
We focused on having a simple plan and taking consistent daily action. It was amazing how empowering and exciting it was to see the plan on paper. Once I had someone guide me through what to do, it demystified the process and made it extremely doable.
Oh, and besides just FEELING good about my goal. I actually hit it.
It’s crazy what a simple plan can do.
If this sounds like a plug for coaching, it absolutely is! (I can’t help it. It’s what I do)
But plans of action aren’t just for personal goals like finances, fitness, personal development, etc.
They are extremely effective in business too.
Some Relevant Questions
So, how have things gone so far this year? Did you execute your game plan well?
What does your scorecard say? More specifically, are you getting the results you wanted to achieve? If so, how do you know?
How you choose to keep score is up to you. Look, this is your game. You set the rules. But you must have some way to track the results of your efforts. Otherwise, how will you know what’s working and what’s not?
So, let’s break it down.
What do your results to date tell you?
What’s working well?
What’s not working?
Your Four Options
The way I see it, you’ve got four basic work options for the rest of the year.
Stick to the Plan
Adjust the Plan
Get Back to the Plan
Make a new Plan
Yeah, I get it. Every situation is different,
The “make a new plan” option is only for extreme circumstances at this stage. A big rock has dropped into your pond and changed everything. Some compelling data has come to light and you’ve got to change course or go back to the drawing board.
The other three options are far more probable. We get distracted and veer off, we need to make adjustments, and sometimes we just need to keep working the plan.
It’s also true that we experience setbacks, negative change or crisis points in our personal and professional lives.
Whatever your circumstance, lean in with your strengths. Don’t waste energy, trying to compensate for your weaknesses. Don’t beat yourself up for not getting everything done on your lengthy to-do list.
Maybe some of those things didn’t belong on the plan in the first place. That’s not excusing -making. You instinctively know when something doesn’t quite fit and when you’re making rationalizing noises.
“We can’t direct the wind, but we can always adjust our sails.“
So, take a wee break. Look at everything you’ve done so far.
Choose your approach.
And then get back out there and let’s bring this thing home.
Until next time,
p.s. If you’d like a personalized strategy chat about where you’re currently at your business or professional career and where you’d like to go, let’s find a time and schedule a friendly, no obligation call. https://lorneepp.com