NOTE: This series continues from the last step, which was Step 23 (Step 24 in the original series was a "holiday break" in recognition of the date that Step 24 fell on in the year the Personal Plan Process was initially rolled out -- 2010).
Day 25 of 31 days to Creating Your Inspiring Personal Plan for 2012
Congratulations! For most, this step will be one of the most gratifying in the process. For some, it may also be one of the most nerve-wracking.
The time has come for you to share the draft of your plan with each of the members of your “Board of Advisors.” If by chance you skipped putting in place a Board (Step 2), I strongly recommend that you reconsider the strong logic of having some individuals that you respect and trust review your plan.
The benefits of having someone beside your planning buddy (idenitified in Step 1) review your plan are as follows:
- A fresh set of eyes will see things in your plan that you (or your planning buddy) may have missed. Having a couple of extra sets of eyes is sure to produce a golden nugget or two that can advance your plan.
- Sharing your plan with others is a powerful way of “baking” more commitment into a plan. A public commitment, even to a small group, tends to make individuals follow-through better. That is why group change programs often have much better results than solo efforts to change. You may not be ready to announce your plan to the public in a widespread manner, but sharing with your Board will get you much of the positive effect of going public.
- The feedback from your reviewers will provide you with a quality data point as to whether you want these reviewers to be some part of your team going forward with implementation. In Step 28, we will be addressing your implementation team.
Truth be known, I was also counting on your doing more diligent planning knowing that your draft plan was going to be shared with others. Please forgive me for using almost every means I could possibly think of to bring out the very best in you.
If you have not yet assembled your plan for distribution to members of your Board, please follow the assembly instructions in Step 23.
When you have a draft with which you are satisfied (and please, if you are getting stuck read Janet Vanderhoof’s excellent quik-read post Perfectionism: What a Killer!), please read the Guidance for Plan Reviewers, a link you may want to include in your request for a review.
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