January 1, 2009

Personal Planning 2009 : A Happy New Year!

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Its going to be a weekend of personal planning for me and as such I wanted to share with you the questions that were given to me to answer in my personal planning by Gordo Byrn – a man I very much respect. I have always insisted its a personal journey and that the journey changes all the time, as our needs and peer groups change. Have you planned for this year, properly? With economic meltdowns, tougher times and increased pressure at work and at play – have you really planned for that? Not for 20 minutes, but for an hour or two over a few days.

I have also thrown in a heavy training camp to wear myself a little thin to get to the good stuff, what really matters to me when the chips are down. Routine with regular challenges is what works best for me and I had to work this out the hard way….

what works for you?


Key headers…

1. Big Picture (3-4 most important things)

2. Key Likes (3-4 areas that most drive my personal satisfaction)

3. Geography (where I will spend my time )

4. Body — key points for my body

5. Mind — key points for mind/knowledge/education

6. Spirit — when and how I will rest (from training, from work, from everything)

7. Places I want to visit

8. Personal Asset Allocation (today, five year, ten year)

9. Next twelve month expense projection

10. Next twelve month income projection

11. Personal Top Ten List — the ten most important things in my life that require focus, effort and time

12. Actions — what actions/habits are most important to me

13. Hazards — what items need to be watched to avoid roadblocks

The next few lines are quoted direct from Gordo about what this will (hopefully) do for you, as its done for me…

In the process of doing this review, without distractions, you’ll learn a lot about whether your effort is aligned with your goals. As well, you’ll learn if your goals are consistent with your main satisfaction drivers.

I build that out annually and review it quarterly. It’s been an immensely valuable tool for me.

Lots of folks resist the idea that we create our own reality through thinking about it. I always ask myself “how can I achieve anything without constantly thinking it about it”?


Brings me to my last point. How do we expect to achieve anything without constantly doing something about it? I hear alot of people talking about plans, ideas, dreams, visions, etc but I know a handful of people who are actually doing something about it. Only a handful. I am going to be one of those people this year, God willing, its time to take lasting action.

Align yourself with your peer group, set time aside for action, and tie in some valuable resources. History, as it seems, waits for nobody…

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