If there is one thing that I have heard my dear friend Tim Berry (founder of Palo Alto Software and my personal Obi Wan Kenobi of business planning) say over and over through the years, it is:
“All plans are wrong by definition. But the act of planning is essential to business success.”
One of the main reasons I wrote Body of Work was to energize my network around the idea of consciously choosing what you create, contribute, affect and impact throughout the course of your life.
And when “throughout the course of your life” becomes too overwhelming of a timeframe, I like to go with “what are you going to create in the next 12 months?”
We are on the first day of December, 2014.
You have 30 days left to spend some time thinking about your goals and strategic priorities for next year.
I will be sharing tools and ideas this month to help you with this planning process.
Here are three questions I ask you to ponder as you decide what to create next year:
- If 2015 were to be the last year I could create and contribute something uniquely meaningful to the world, what would that something be?
- Who do I care about serving next year? What do they need?
- What brings me great joy to create, and leverages my strengths?
Brainstorm a list of ideas, whittle your list down to three, then have some fun with one of the simplest planning tools I know: a flip chart and a stack of post-it notes.
I made a short video to help illustrate this tool. (Link to see it on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/K6g33Fw3dSg )
Stay tuned for more tips on planning and crafting your body of work in the month of December. The world needs what you have to offer!