How to Make a Personal Plan for 2018

A good plan is like new shoes. You’re excited to have them but they’re uncomfortable.

Safe plans waste time, energy, and talent. Good plans disrupt.

Real plans disturb the status quo.


How to make a personal plan for 2018:

Think about stopping.

Reflect on past failure before planning future success.

  1. What efforts produced disappointing results? If you went back, what would you do differently? Do that in 2018.
  2. What frustration still nags you? 
  3. What drains the life out of you? What does that say about your values?
  4. What did you hope would bring fulfillment, but didn’t?
  5. What is failure calling you to try?

Let go of something old to make room for something new.

#1. What do you need to stop doing in 2018? (If you can’t completely stop it, how might you do less of what drains the life out of you?)

Follow energy.

Goal setting is the last thing to do when planning 2018.

What did you do in 2017 that lit you up?

Think R.O.E – return on energy – more than R.O.I. when planning 2018.

  1. What projects jazzed you up?
  2. What personal values were in play when your energy went up?
  3. What do you learn about yourself when you consider the events, situations, or people that motivated you to change?

#2. What might you do that gives you energy in 2018? 

Forget what you want others to do.

Planning is safe when it focuses on changing others.

Successful leaders focus on things within their control. 

Think about what YOU will do to produce the year you want. Forget about controlling others.

#3. What are YOU prepared to do – that you haven’t already done – to get where you haven’t been?

What considerations need to go into making a personal plan for 2018?

Planning 2018 deserves a few more post. What topics might you suggest?