I have been dealing with pain in my feet for quite a while. I have long term injuries that require regular surgeries and treatments. Because of that I am limited in what I can do to exercise but have to keep my weight at a certain level or it could cause major problems for me. Well, I went into the doctor two weeks ago and last week was told I have multiple stress reactions and a few stress fractures. Now I am wearing a walking boot for up to 6 months. However, my exercise cannot stop and I need to maintain or even lose more weight so I do not risk the re-injury. Thus this rings me to todays business tips, Planning.
After the diagnosis, there was were some ad feelings, anger and then I said Ok how can we change this and make this work. In discussions with the doctor, we created a plan of action on what we would do. Relate this to business: We get bad news or even good news all the time, and how we react to that news shapes our organizations. The best way to do this is to have a plan. Here are the steps to creating, communicating, and executing the plan with the real life plan we created for my recovery.
1. Goals: Identify what the goals are, be specific and make sure they are measurable. For me I need to lose 20 pounds, in 6 months, reduce body fat from 23.3% to 15.5%, Heal my bones, and create a strong injury free walking and exercise style and plan.
2. Key Activities: What steps are needed to make sure you hit your goals. What are the key things you must do daily, weekly, monthly to achieve these goals. For me this entails, wearing a walking boot for the next 6 months at all times unless I am swimming, showering, or doing a targeted exercise. Some other key activities for me are:
- Walk the dogs using my #KangooJumps every day 3-5 miles
- Sprint swimming two times a week for a half hour
- Physical Therapist once a week
- Create a balanced diet for my size, body, and activity level
- Bike 30 miles a week (1 long ride for cross training)
- Long continuous swim for half hour two times a week
- Regular Whirlpool therapy, etc...
4. Identify Resources: Identify the resources you need, time, money, people, etc... Then engage them and lay out how you will use them. Obviously, the simple solution is the calendar above. However, you need to also budget what you will spend. For me, I need to budget my co-pays, my physical trainer costs, and my travel time and costs as well.
5. Check in: Do regular progress checks. For me every two weeks I will be doing these with my doctor and therapist.
6. Communicate and ask for Accountability: You need to communicate your plan and your goals to those around you that will help you engage and execute. My doctor, my wife, my trainer, and my therapists have my plan. They know what I need to do and hold me accountable and call me out if I do not meet expectations. Obviously all of you are now holding me accountable as well.
These are six simple steps to ensure plan success. How are your plans designed and are they ready to be successful.
Rodney Mogen, is the president of solveurpuzzles, a business focused company. Solve ur puzzles helps three groups: Small Businesses, Financial Advisors/Agents, and Local Government Entities. Rodney is also a small business advisor focused on developing financial strategies for small business owners and helping them develop their own strategy and ideas to grow, sell, develop the way they want. He is focused on creating proper financial strategies for Advisors and business owners to assist them in their day to day duties by solving their financial puzzles. Rodney is also the Director of Financial Strategy for The Evans Group. Check out more information at www.solvurpuzzles.com.