We have all read books on goal setting and planning. The first step in accomplishing anything is understanding what you want to accomplish. Simple.
The real challenge can be in the next part—putting the plan together. Often times, we spend so much time working out the details of the plan, that by the time we are ready to pull the trigger, the opportunity has past.
I call this the 100% club—they need to be 100% sure before they are able to act.
Yet, we have violated this notion throughout our lives:
- We were not 100% certain we were going to the right school
- We were not 100% certain we were marrying the right person
- We were not 100% ready to have kids.
In fact, we are rarely 100% certain about anything. So why do we put this artificial hurdle in place?
Harry Beckwith has a great perspective in Selling the Invisible, where he defines a good way to rank plans:
- Very good
- Not good
- Truly God-awful
Fantastic. The message is that a good or very good plan is good enough to get started and that the perfect (or best plan) is just better than not good.
The real trick is to take the information that is available, add that to where you want to go, and get started.
The enemy of progress is perfection. Perfection often leads to procrastination.
I was talking with a friend the other day and gave him this advice—when you are 85% there pull the trigger.
Whether you are a business owner in North Carolina, Connecticut or Florence Italy, the ability to put a good plan together and then run after the implementation is crucial to your success. If you need help, reach out to your local ActionCOACH business coach (today).
Enjoy your week.