The late Jim Rohn, a leading expert on personal success, famously said “Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.”
I would elaborate on that by saying that most things in life that really matter to us, do not happen by accident. For example, good physical health only happens when you exercise. Good relationships only exist when you spend quality time with people. Wealth is only achieved when you save and invest your money. For any of these things to occur consistently, you need to plan to do them. The more strategic you are about this planning, the better.
It interests me how strategic planning is a well accepted practice in the organisational environment. There seems little doubt that strategic planning is important to achieving organisational success. Why is it then that such an important and effective process is not applied more consistently to achieving personal success?
The concept of strategic planning is simple – start with the end in mind. That means creating a clear vision of where you want to be in the future. Then align the actions you take today with that end vision. The action you take will help you make progress toward your vision.
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop expertise in both organisational and personal strategic planning. In this blog, I will focus exclusively on personal strategic planning. I look forward to sharing what I have learnt with you and I hope that it empowers you to design a future you love.