If you are on course, do you know why? It’s just as important to know that you are on course for the right reasons; according to your strategy and in line with your business plan rather than through a stroke of luck because of say an unexpected piece of business.
If you are not on course, again, do you know why? If you do, then do you know what you need to do about it? If you don’t know then how will you get back on track?
Finally, if you don’t know whether you are on course or not then, even if you are, you don’t have the processes in place to monitor and your business could be anywhere.
A long-haul flight spends most of its time off course and continuously makes small corrections which none of the passengers notice. Do the same in your business; monitor weekly and make small corrections if necessary. Spend at least half a day every month to check progress and at least a day every quarter to review all areas of your business. Establish the processes and the mindset to do this and you’ll stay on course. If you don’t do this then all your planning and goal setting could well have been a waste of time.
As for me, well, I’m four weeks behind my original annual strategy plan and have adapted it to achieve my key goals. I know why this has happened and in case you’re interested, it’s because two unplanned for events have happened this year so far….I fell in love and we each moved to another part of the country to be together in our new home. I confess; my focus drifted a little.
These processes for staying on course are vital. If you don’t have them in place then you can’t know if you’ll meet your goals until it’s too late to do anything about it. Put them in place and if you need help then contact me .