Did you make a new years resolution?

What timeframe did you choose for this conscious act of change? For most people, a new years resolution only lasts a couple of weeks or months because there is no plan to support the change. People who resolve to quit smoking forget that the act of buying cigarettes is part of their daily routine, perhaps when they buy a newspaper. To support the decision to quit, it isn't just the tactics that need amending, it is the strategic level as well.

From a business or personal point of view, do you have a plan. Can you answer the question – "Where will you be in five years time?"

Planning is by it's nature a strategic activity, you need to step back and assess all of the variables, inputs and future scenarios and plan a path through it all. With so much uncertainty in the world it seems like a daunting task, but as Seth Godin stated last week, 

The oughts (the "uh-ohs"?) were a tough decade on a macro level. Front page news events will give the textbooks plenty to write about in the years to come.

But on a micro level, on a personal level, this was a decade filled with opportunity. The internet transformed our lives forever. Opportunities were created (and many were taken advantage of). And, like every decade, just about everyone missed it. Just about everyone hunkered down and did their job or did what they were told or did what they thought they were supposed to, and just about everyone got very little as a result.

Maybe ten years is too long a period of time to plan for. So how about seven?

Seven years from now, what will you have to show for what you're doing right now?

If your answer is, "not much," perhaps you should consider a new plan, one that might generate a different answer, or, at the very least, be a more fun way to waste seven years.

Do you have a strategy to innovate, or be different from the pack – cause if you don't plan for it, you are likely to just be along for the ride.


Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

2 replies on “Your Plan”

  1. Happy New Year Mike!
    My goal for 2010 is to become famous like you! I just saw your winning sunflower photo in the West Coast Seeds catalogue. I know the competition is stiff, but I'm sure I can find something that will grow to an unreasonable size in the back yard : )
    All the best for 2010,


  2. If you really want to take on the challenge of growing an extreme sunflower or other food product in your garden be my guest. I'd even consider selling you some of the "winning" seeds for a small fee.

    Hope you are doing well,


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