In the fast paced world of today, how we achieve our goals and succeed in our business can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Long gone is the era of simple action plans and typical conference calls. With accelerated technological advances popping up with every tick of the clock’s second hand, we frequently see ourselves scrambling to hold up.
The answer to the question? We need to strategize.
You do have control over your goals. It just takes a bit of finesse, a dash of patience, and a heaping ton of strategy. Learning how to strategize is not only empowering and liberating, it is essential for your ultimate success.
What is strategy?
To strategize is to determine how you will execute what you want to achieve. It is the solution to the looming “how am I going to manage this?” question.
What makes strategy different?
Strategies are NOT the same as plans, goals, outcomes, purpose, mission, or even vision. Let’s break it down.
Plans are developed to sort through what is needed to complete a goal. Plans can be lists of resources, milestones, and timeframes.
Goals are quantifiable results. The goals are the measurable portions of what you want to achieve (think numbers: for example, a set percentage profit gain).
Outcomes are the aftermath of reaching your goals. These are the things that happen or result from achieving your ends.
Purpose answers the “why am I answering this?” question. It is ultimately the motivating force behind the action.
Mission combines your values and your purposes Mission is simply what makes you YOU.
Vision is the realization of the endless possibilities. It is the “feel” of what you wish to accomplish. Vision, unlike goals, is intangible and cannot be scientifically measured.
By developing and executing a strategy, you will save yourself money, time, and energy. Strategizing is the intelligent way to go about accomplishing your ends. It sets you up for success because of its inherent structure and organization. By strategizing before you barrel through aimless steps that might create desired change, you can avoid unnecessary frustrations and potential disaster.
What other reasons do people strategize?
Strategy opens up the possibility of achieving MORE than you anticipated. By working through the steps of strategizing, you can force yourself to realistically achieve loftier goals. Maintaining structure and organization will become second nature and you will see your potential outcomes thrive.
What types of goals should have a strategy?
ANY goal deserves a strategy! A strategy is not something that is only relevant to your most pressing goals. It is an innovative way to meet any and all of your expectations.
Is there a “right” strategy for my problem?
The short answer is no. There is a vast quantity of viable strategies for whatever position. Just as there are many different ways to get to travel to a specific location, there are many different paths to success. These paths, your strategies, can be adapted to fit your personal needs and enhanced by your personal strengths and talents. You just need to start your Pathway to Success.
Who can strategize?
Anyone can strategize. Strategies are appropriate for personal goals, financial goals, business success, and professional success to name a few. The possibilities are limitless. If you can think of a goal, you can develop an appropriate strategy for success.
How do you set about producing a strategy?
Ask yourself some of the questions below.
What’s the shortest path between point A and point B? Be honest with yourself and weigh all possibilities, regardless of whether they are mainstream or not. Creativity and innovative thinking count for a great deal! Remember when brainstorming nothing should be off the table.
What are other people doing and how could I do it differently or should I be doing it differently?
What is the craziest idea I can develop to get from point A to point B? What makes it a crazy idea?.
What is blocking me from being unconventional?
What is the easiest way to go from point A to point B? (This can help you brainstorm viable shortcuts. Cut out the unnecessary!) Sometimes “best practices” can be the shortest path, so we do not have to “reinvent the wheel”