The first task of a leader is to define reality.
A leader cannot lead others if he cannot lead himself. If a leader is not moved, he cannot move others. If he is not growing himself, he cannot grow others.
“Nobody follows a packed bus.”
Therefore the first assignment of having the life you want (that’s after the vision we talked about) is to define reality. Define all the realities about that sphere of your life where you want to aim your punch. Then sit down and carry out evaluation. We already agreed that success is intentional, that it is planned. Planning demands sitting down with a pen and a book. The more information you have, the better your plan. So therefore take time to really evaluate and define reality as it affects you.
Strategic planning is trying to understand where you will sit in tomorrow’s world, not where you hope to sit. It’s rightfully assessing where you want to be and where you can be.
Do not assume any part. Be real. You are planning for yourself; you might as well be naked about it. To thine ownself be true. For instance, if you know you ought to be awake by 5am but you tend to always fall short. Say you are up 5am today, 5:30am tomorrow. Then you manage to clock in 5:05am and on and on. The reality is not that you almost achieved you target. No. The reality in this situation is that you don’t wake up by 5am.
You must learn to see what is true about your situation because it is only then that you can come up with a tactic to ensure you win.