Do you know what you are doing three weeks from now? What about two months from now, do you plan your days, or do they just happen? Have you thought about how success planning matters?
Many people get up every day and go to work. They go through the motions. The path that they are on is the same path every day, the path that appears, what pops up and things that must be done. Is that a plan?
Sure, there is the staff meeting next week, and oh, we are closed for about eight holidays per year. That isn’t really planning though.
Same Thing, Different Day
Days turn into weeks, weeks to months, and months to years. Does your path only change by chance, by luck encounters, or by the actions taken by someone else?
While this message may be a little about discipline that sometimes isn’t the biggest obstacle. Sometimes the biggest obstacle is that people let life happen to them, not make it happen for them.
It is easy to sit back after a few years and wonder what you’ve done. Also easy is to blame someone else if you aren’t where you thought you would be.
Everyday people go to work. They take the train, ride a bus, or drive their car. They enter their workspace and start their day, just as they did yesterday. For the most part, it is thoughtless. It is a sequence of actions and behaviors that meet the job requirements.
This is not success planning. This is cruising. Cruising is coasting, you only coast one way, downhill.
If you’re going to make a difference you’re going to have to sell, leap, connect, get involved, give, change, let go, risk, challenge, feel uncomfortable, build a plan, and take action.
Success planning is important, but so is action.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.