This post is part one of a series called “Being Strategic Matters”
So now you have figured out where you are and where you want to be…whats next? Well, if you were on a road trip the next thing to do would be to figure out where you will need to stop and gas up. When creating a strategy it is a great idea to make a list of things that need to happen to get you from A to Z and then figure out what order they need to happen in.
- Make a list of things that need to happen: I always tell young people getting ready to move out on their own to pay rent and utilities into their saving account for 3 months before they move out. If at any point they have to dip into their savings account to pay for something then they aren’t ready to move out. They need to start over. Make a list of what pieces need to fall into place to make your goal a reality.
- Prioritize: When you prioritize your list you can get a great picture of what you need to be working on first. You will most likely notice that one step has to happen before you can attack something else. For example, at my church I have been busy working on defining SHARE to our people. Before I can really unfold this with our congregation I have to make sure our staff gets it, then our key ministry leaders, then I can finally unveil it to everyone. One thing builds off of the other.
- Again, add a measure of time to it: How long are your mini goals going to take to fulfill? Break your goals into 1 month, 3 month, six month and 12 month goals (and beyond if you need to) That way you can see exactly where you are going.
I do this with every ministry I have ever led. I also do this with every ministry I consult with. I call it a Vision Strategy. It is a document that lays out everything I need to accomplish over the next year. Throughout the year I go to each mini goal and type what was accomplished and how it was done in red. It is a huge help for me to look back and also something I can show the people I lead and report to so they can see how far we have come.
If you would like a sample of what a Vision Strategy looks like I would be glad to send you one. Contact me and I can email it to you.