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Start Strong: Your Plan for the First 100 Days of 2014

It's a lot easier to finish strong when you start strong. The first 100 days of 2014 will set the tone for your success the remainder of the year. Here's how to make a plan.
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Each new President creates a plan for “The First 100 Days”. It sets the tone for an incoming President. The 100 Day Plan is a must for the leaders of the free world. As leaders of your own worlds, shouldn’t you also have a 100 day plan to set the tone for your 2014 “term”?

If you want to reach your goals, you have to mentally see them and then physically write them down. Just seeing them is not sufficient - your goals should be written. Writing (or typing) your goals will clarify what you are trying to accomplish. Writing down goals forms a critical transition between simply being interested in a goal to being committed to them. After all, a goal without a plan is just a dream.

To facilitate critical thinking about your 100 Day Plan use an action tracker like the one found here. Doing so will help you identify clear accountability, stakeholders to coordinate with, start and end dates, necessary resources and status for each action.

To boost accountability for achieving your 100 Day Plan:
•    Involve your team in developing the plan.  We are committed to that which we help create.
•    Keep it visible…. to you and to your team.  
•    Determine what you will do each day to execute each action, and do those tasks first!
•    Maintain a meeting rhythm with your team to assess progress on each action.
•    Coach performance to ensure your stay/get on track with your plan.
•    Celebrate success with your team at 100 days.

And of course, on day 101, ensure you create plan for the next 100 days.  Here’s to starting strong in 2014!

Download free book chapters from the author's book Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence for more tips how to develop and execute a plan.

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Last updated: Dec 18, 2013

LEE COLAN | Columnist

LEE COLAN is founder of The L Group, a consulting firm that equips and inspires leaders at every level. He is a leadership advisor, presenter of practical ideas, and a Thinkers 50 nominee for Top Management Thinker.

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