Why a goal without a plan is just a wish

I’ve seen umpteen posts since just before the New Year from people stating their goals for 2023.  Whether it be weight loss, fitness, relationships, business growth, travel or sobriety.  “Each to their own.” I say.

The reality is though that 99% will fail to achieve these goals.

It’s a cliché subject title for sure but it is true.  If you have a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) for 2023 and don’t have a detailed plan of how you are going to achieve it, then you will not achieve it.

Achieving goals in life and business doesn’t mean sitting back and waiting for a miracle or searching for the magic bullet.  It means having a plan of what actions you will take, what tools you need and how you will measure success.

Will you fail because your goals are too ambitious?  No.

Will you fail because you don’t have the correct tools or know how?  No.

Will you fail because you don’t have the correct support around you?  Still no.

Why will you fail?

You will fail because you don’t have a plan.  You know why you have the goal but don’t know what to do differently or don’t take action.

You are not going to lose weight without cutting bad calories and being in a deficit.

You are not going to get fit if you don’t get off the sofa and go for a walk most days or get yourself to the gym regularly.

You are not going to grow your business without a clear plan and taking action.

Less than 25% of SMEs in the UK have a written down business plan that is shared with their team.  There is no wonder that 95% of small businesses ultimately fail.

It will be the end of month one in two weeks and the first set of results will be in.  You have two options if you don’t have a plan (to help you achieve your goal).

Sit back and pray, hoping for the best, then ultimately accept failure and blame the market, your competition, your clients, your team, the recession (insert suitable excuses here) until you set your 2024 goals

Sit up, develop a plan, take action and get the results you wish for.

If you are one of the approx. 75% of small business owners who don’t have a plan, then it’s time to stop feeling like you are winging it.  You can access my single page planning tool here to get started today.

If you feel like you don’t have the time, inclination or know how to get started alone, then let’s fix up a call to discuss how one of our online, 1-2-1 or retreat options can assist you.

2023 is not the year to leave everything to chance.  It’s the year to get serious and kick some ass.