We are fully in the 4th quarter of the year. And like you, I am assessing how things are going and what needs to be done in the last 90 days of the year to end the year strong and set myself up for the new year that is coming.
It’s a time of completion and a time for dreaming. Which often creates time crunches and stress as we head for the finish line.
I can’t tell you how powerful doing quarterly planning has been in making sure important goals get attention all year long. The real stress is cramming everything into the final quarter. It’s like cramming for a test.
But watching my progress, moving things along methodically and strategically all year with our quarterly action plans, has created in me the discipline that is needed to manage all the ups and downs of business and life.
A time of gratitude
This year, we have been very busy with strategic planning. COVID had everyone postponing their planning processes. And we have been blessed with an abundance of opportunities to support organizations of all sizes this year to re-envision their organizations and bring their teams and stakeholders together to map their future.
We are also grateful for the amazing clients we are currently coaching. They are visionary leaders who are doing powerful work in their fields. Such diverse individuals who represent some of the biggest corporations, government agencies, small nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs with growing companies. It is a testament to the depth and breadth of my experience and that of my team. And the care in which we take in supporting our clients.
I think about the things that our clients are accomplishing and I am so proud of them. They are growing their revenue, dealing compassionately with their staff, making an impact in their communities, and all the other things that are required. I love supporting them to expand their choices and stay on track with their goals. We work through the blocks to their vision together. We are a safe place for them to think through challenges and sometimes just to vent.
Hitting quarterly benchmarks
Thoughtful quarterly benchmarks make the difference for us and our clients. We have it down to a science. My action plans fit on a post-it note and live on my laptop so that I see it daily. It reminds me of my priorities, that no matter what else is on my calendar, no matter what is going on, I can’t forget the key goal for the quarter that moves the needle.
My priority goal this quarter is completion. As we come to the end of the year, I want to be sure I move with precision through the work with all my clients and complete all projects. I’ve had some missteps, as I am human, which have inspired me to recommit to my processes and structure of doing the work. I am excited to continue to serve my current clients and to welcome in new ones that are coming as we welcome in the new year.Try it for this last quarter. Look at where you are right now in relation to your goals and your vision – no judgment. What next step can you take that will excite you? What can you do that will move the needle over the next 90 days? What are the key tasks? When do they need to be done? Join our Life Mapping Community in creating your 90-Day action plan and moving powerfully forward towards your vision for the future, one game-changing goal at a time.