The final step in the process is the carefully laid stepping stones guiding you right up to the realization of your Vision. Now youâ€™re ready to gain control of the process by applying these 7-steps to each new Goal.
1. TARGET the Goal/Project
Make sure to refer to your Vision often and try not to become so goal-oriented that you lose sight of the Vision â€“ the big picture.
The goal is only significant as long as it remains relevant to the Vision, in the same way that the Vision remains relevant only in relation to your stated Mission.
Choose each goal carefully, judging whether it can move you closer to your Vision. How many goals? As many as it takes!
2. EXAMINE the Need
Is this a necessary stepping stone, or is it busy-work? Will it effectively move you toward realizing the Vision? Not all goals advance the Vision. Learn to be brutally honest in your assessments.
Be prepared to walk away from familiar activities. Just because youâ€™ve always done them is not reason enough to continue.
Consult the experts and those you trust in the area of your Vision. (Note: that may well not be family and friends.)
Distance doesnâ€™t matter: It is only the first step that is difficult. Marie Anne du Deffand
3. DEFINE Success & Failure
DEFINE Success â€“ Do not skip this step!
Be very detailed in your definition or else success will seemingly elude you and you chance not recognizing it when it comes your way. A detailed definition need not mean narrowly defining success. Be careful not to use the bullâ€™s eye definition.
Be broad in your inclusion of successful possibilities. Consider an incremental definition of success â€“ a timeline or Gantt chart.
Again, be very detailed in your definition. Resist the tendency to define failure as anything that is not success, doing the Vision a great disservice.
Make sure to give time and attention to your definition of failure, defining it narrowly. Many great successes began as failures, Coca-cola, Post-It Notes and chocolate chip cookies, to name a few.
4. EXPLORE the Options
Thereâ€™s generally more than one route to a desired destination. Likewise, we generally have more options available to us than we initially identify. Learn to slow down and carefully assess your options, opening your mind to the ways in which you might approach this goal.
If you always do what youâ€™ve always done, Youâ€™ll always get what you always got. Unknown
Youâ€™re entering new territory. Be prepared for new ways of thinking, acting and responding.
5. IDENTIFY the Requirements & the Obstacles
IDENTIFY the Requirements
What conditions must be in place for this goal to be achieved? What preliminary planning is necessary to bring all elements into focus?
Research may be necessary at this point? Get on the internet, spend some time in the library, whatever it takes to determine the optimum conditions for this goal to be accomplished.