Advent Personal Planning #1

Advent is a great time to begin your planning for 2014. One of the things that separate highly successful people and corporations is planning. For the most part - people and organizations that plan better do better. Over the next three weeks we are going to focus on personal planning.


Our objective over the next several weeks is to develop a map for a journey through 2014. There is no guarantee that any of us will make it through 2014 but let's have a plan just in case. A map connotes that we have a starting point and a "desired" point for a particular journey. Let's first define the journey.


Some people develop a personal mission statement and that is not a bad idea. However that will not be specific enough for our thrust into personal planning nor is it necessary. We are going to start by defining our roles in life. Instead of trying to explain I will simple list my roles in life as an example. Here are some of my roles:

  1. A Disciple of Jesus Christ
  2. A Husband to Linda
  3. A Father to Leigh
  4. Owner of Capstone Properties
  5. CEO/President of Chesapeake Consulting (there are several sub-roles that come from this role - marketing, sales, product development, etc.)
  6. Sunday school teacher
  7. Co-facilitator of an employment network group to help the unemployed
  8. Friend and Mentor (In my planning I list specific people)
  9. Board member for several non-profits (I list each as a separate role)
  10. Dog handler for S&R group

I think you get the idea.


There are four other areas of concern that we all have and I will classify them as areas of "renewal." These areas are:

  1. Physical
  2. Spiritual
  3. Mental
  4. Social

Once you get your list of roles and four areas of renewal spend some time pondering and writing on each one. Where are you today with that role/renewal? Where do you want to be and what is realistic for next year with respect to where you want to be at the end of 2014?


Physical is one of the easiest and the most obvious. How much do you weigh, what is your blood pressure, what is your level of physical activity, etc., etc.? Now - what do you want to weigh, do you want to run a marathon, have you had a physical, etc., etc.


One of my sub-roles as CCI CEO is sales. I can easily identify existing sales and what I want them to be next year.


So, by next week - have your list of "as-is" and "to-be" for each of your roles and renewal areas. During the next newsletter we will discuss obstacles and developing plans to overcome those obstacles.


I address some of these planning issues in my book Enterprise Fitness in Chapter 8.


Happy Advent Planning,


John Covington


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