Conducting a review of your plan in any area of your life can be extremely valuable. It was my ticket to obtaining big results. Keep reading and you'll learn why.
Often times, we don't really know if something is working or not. As we learned last week, things don't always go according to plan, and you don't know that unless you really start looking at what is and what isn't working.
Even if you don't have anything written down in the form of a formal plan, you can still take advantage of the many benefits of reviewing what you've done so far. Here are 5 reasons why reviewing and revising is so vital to creating and maintaining success and obtaining big results in your work and life.
1. Shows you what's actually happening. Having to review your plan forces you to write down certain details of that plan. Finally, it comes out of your head and onto paper or onto your computer. If you don't already have it all written out, reviewing makes you have to at least make a list of ALL of the things you are doing to achieve certain goals. Let's say it's your marketing and communications plan you are reviewing. You would have to start out by making a list of all of your current marketing activities. Listing out your actual marketing activities helps to give you an idea of what all is taking place. What have you actually put your energy towards? What have you spent your time on? Once you have this picture clearly laid out in front of you, you can then start picking out what, out of all that you've been doing, is actually working.
2. Helps you make informative decisions, rather than just something you pull out of thin air. When making decisions, we want to base them on some sort of data. Whether it's for work or for your personal life, it makes sense to look at what's already happening before adding in something new. Could you even handle something new or extra? Looking at your data or information you are gathering will help you make a more feasible decision about where you need to go. Or, in some cases, you might learn, you don't need to do anything at all. The information will validate that decision. This is extremely true when you need to convince or share "WHY" you are making a certain decision or instituting certain changes in the plan.
3.Keeps you focused. When you make time to look at your goals and the activities to reach those goals, it helps keep you focused on getting there. When you plan something at the beginning of the year then don't look at that plan until the end of the year, and then at the end of the year realized you are no where near reaching your goal...that's why. You didn't give yourself the chance to look at what isn't working and change the trajectory. Most people forget about their plan, and the activities they said they would do. That's why scheduling time to look at your goals and reviewing your plan allows you to regularly stay on top of it all. It bring that focus back on those things you marked as priority at the beginning of the year.
4. Creates a habit of being fearless and seeing problems as opportunities. One of the big reasons I know my clients have a hard time with this is because they are scared of seeing all the things that are not working in their plan. They don't really want to have to deal with what's not working. But knowing what is not working is an great opportunity to change things. I remind my clients that learning early on is way better than having to learn it at the end of the year and having one very big disappointment. Not to mention, all the time, energy and money you put into it. Figuring it out early is a good thing, it is a problem disguised as an opportunity. It is your opportunity to do something different, something better. Conducting a review and revise often enough will help you establish a habit of looking for and seeking out these nuggets of opportunities. Next thing you know, problems in the plan create no fear at all and you actually want them occur!
5. Pinpoints EXACTLY what is working so you can spend more time and energy there.
In my book, this is by far the BIGGEST reason for reviewing and revising. When you uncover those couple or few things that are really bringing in the results you've dreamed of, it's like hitting the jackpot. You can now invest your money, time and energy on those few things to turn around and provide you with exponentially big results. You don't get here without regularly reviewing, revising, and changing your tactics and strategies.
Wanna know how simple it is to do? Try this.
Take out a notepad or open up notepad on your computer. Pick one area you would like to review and learn more about what's happening there. Make a simple list of what is actually happening. Look at the list and consider which of those things is actually working. If you haven't a clue, make a note of how you could start understanding the value of that activity and how it relates to you achieving your goals. Assign deadlines. If you see things are not working, stop doing them. If you see things that are working, then do more. You might decide to nix many of the things you have written down and just focus on two or three activities. That would be great! Schedule the next time you will do a review. You can get more detailed and complex if you want to.
It's really that simple. Oh. Don't forget to schedule the next time you will do your review.
Now you tell me. When have you reviewed and revised your plan in your work or your life to obtain big results? Share your comment with me below. I love hearing from you!