Do you remember a time when you had innumerous amounts of household and daily asks? You may get a pen, pad, and write down your list starting from the most pressing tasks. Then you scratch each item off when complete. This is a practice we have all used. It is also a brilliant way to compartmentalize our thoughts. Unfortunately, at times we forget to assign the same practice to our long-term desires, goals, and vision for our businesses and projects.
Creating not just a list but a detailed blueprint for our professional endeavors is essential to implementing our mission and plans. Your blueprint can organize your “next steps” and support in informing you of what you need to get it done. Leaders have the complex task of thinking ahead.
Planning smart will save you and your team much-needed time and energy down the line.
What makes a solid blueprint?
A solid blueprint can inform you where you are and where you want to be. A blueprint includes SMART goals. These are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and time appointed.
When we scope out our blueprint, we can plan out our long and short-term goals. Using SMART flushes out the goals that are not vital to your progression in your professional life. It also keeps your blueprint aligned to your purpose. Additionally, with such solid goals, you can assess what will be necessary to make these goals happen.
Without these goals, leaders can be overwhelmed due to no clear vision. When these steps are complete you can anticipate and get solutions to obstacles that may arise in your stages of growth and development.
John C. Maxwell states, “A leader is someone who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
As a leader, having a vision is a primary responsibility to leading a team. In order to articulate clear and concise roles and responsibilities, it starts with you. This also creates less pressure for you and your team in the workflow.
Be a visionary for your team. Your blueprint not only informs you of what resources you will need but can also inform you who you will need for the best job. Your blueprint will make your job more targeted when it comes to delegation. So, make the vision plain, get them excited, and delegate the right job for the right person!
One day or day one?
I love the famous quote by Greg Reid, “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”
Everyone has dreams and desires. However, in order to make these dreams a reality, you have to implement your plan. Writing out your blueprint kills the excuses and resurrects dreams.
It may not seem like much in the beginning, however, if you follow through with your blueprint the steps are clear for you. The goals that you said would one day happen are actually happening. So, don’t hesitate. A blueprint stored will not do you any good. Today is your day one!
Try writing out your blueprint and see how it provides a more tangible plan. You will realize that you are more than capable of doing what you have dreamed of and accomplishing your fiercest aspirations. Your plan will change the trajectory of your life.