My Annual Personal Plan

Posted: August 26, 2010 in It's All Important Stuff

Each year I go through a sort of formal process of evaluating my personal mission, vision, strategy and plan.  The idea is to make sure I understand the big picture of what I want and how I line up my goals and execute against that vision.

This process usually takes about two months and I don’t usually start until October, but this is a special year and I wanted to get a head start.  I think that talking about this out loud (via Todd’s blog) will help me this year.  Perhaps it will help you as well.

For the past ten years, my personal mission has been simply:

“To be in a position to pursue what I choose to do”

This does not imply that I have wanted to do anything and everything that I wanted to do, but rather that I can be in a financial, personal, physical position which enables  what I choose to do.

This year I am thinking about a adjusting my mission:

“To understand and pursue my life, in all facets, consistent with my personal values”

I am going to kick this around for a week or two and make sure that this is the right mission for me.  It seems sort of revolutionary in my personal growth.

These are the elements:

  • Mission: The long-term picture of who I want to be and/or become
  • Vision: The three-to-five year end-state goals.
  • Strategy:  The four to seven key actions I need to take to achieve the Vision.
  • Execution: Establishing the key short-terms goals, metrics and values I will need.
  1. I like it Todd. i like it a lot.

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