General George S. Patton (1885 – 1945)
In 1944, Patton lead the U.S. Third Army, advancing farther, capturing more enemy prisoners, and liberating more territory in less time than any other army in history.
- Review this year – Did you meet your goals? Where did you fall short? Why? If you exceeded your goals, what did you do that made that happen? What tasks can you eliminate that did not contribute to your success?
- SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) – This seems cliché, but this exercise works. Figure out what strengths and weaknesses you have. Determine the Opportunities and Threats that exist in your environment. How do you plan to leverage or guard your business in the different aspects you just laid out?
- Plan – Create a month-by-month and week-by-week plan for each of your resolutions from the step above. Don’t overwhelm yourself with these plans. Make sure you have time to actually develop and implement each objective.
While you should be planning and looking ahead, you don’t have to have the perfect plan. Don’t get caught in the trap of being a “perpetual planner.”
Now that you have a plan, execute with decision. Hold nothing back. As Patton says, “with violent execution.”