Even with a really strong vision, strategy, goals and action plans you are not immune from failing to achieve the success you want. It is important to keep in mind that some failure or screw ups are part of the jounrey to success. Put there are things you can do to reduce the risk and frequency of this happening.

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5 Days to Change for Success – Day 4: How to Avoid Failure

How to avoid Failure - Measure SuccessThis is day 4 in the 5 day Change for Success Series. Links to the previous posts in the series are at the end of this post.

Even with a really strong vision, strategy, goals and action plans you are not immune from failing to achieve the success you want.

It is important to keep in mind that some failure or screw ups are part of the journey to success. But there are things you can do to reduce the risk and frequency of this happening.

Here’s how:

A key factor in failing to achieve success

When people create their vision, strategy, goals and action plans they sometimes stop right there thinking they have done what they need to do to create change and success. Huge mistake!

The key to avoid failure – have a measure and review process

In order to create consistent and sustainable results it is essential that you have a structure, system and framework to measure your progress as you go. The information that comes out from that will inform what your next steps should be and if you need to adapt, tweak or change your plans. It will help you stay on track.

Why a measurement process and framework is critical to avoid failure

Ok, so there you are with your vision, great goals and thorough action plans.

How do you know it is or will deliver the results you want? How will you spot, in advance, potential problems so that you can take action to avoid them? The answer is that without a measurement and review process you can’t.

The bottom line is this:

If you aren’t measuring the results of your action plans as you are going along it is like going off on a journey blindfolded. You are setting yourself up for lots of setbacks, obstacles and possibly failure.

Tips for Creating a measurement process

For every area of your life, work and relationships, write down key factors that impact you achieving the results you really want.

  • Set monthly targets for each point on the list.
  • Set up a chart that shows target and actual figures for each point
  • Complete and review the chart monthly
  • Ask yourself questions like why has that figure gone up (or down)
  • Use the information to drive your action plans for the following month

I can’t stress enough how important doing this is yet it is so often overlooked.

If you really want to reduce your risk of failure in your life, work and relationships, set up a measurement and review process that you do at least monthly and use it to drive your decision making and action plans.

The key to consistent and sustainable results lies in this activity. Ignoring it is gambling with your chances of success.

In the last day of this 5 day mini series we will be exploring the one obstacle to real success. In the meantime, if you missed any of the series so far, you can find the links to them below:

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