A strategy is nothing else than a sequence of steps that takes you to the desired goal. Just imagine yourself baking a red velvet cake. You may have done it many times in the past, but let's be honest: there is no way of knowing every recipe by heart. So you open your recipe book, read the list of ingredients and start adding them in the right quantities and order. It is impossible baking a delicious cake if you miss any of ingredients, add wrong quantities or change the order. In fact, the result would be a total fiasco. This is what it may have happened to your goals in the past.
You've got through the first step of your strategy already. You evaluated your internal and external resources. You know already what you can rely on and who and what is meant to step aside. The second step in achieving your goal is preparation and for this to work properly, I would suggest to split the timeline for achieving your desired goal in 3 stages, each of the same length of time. You are preparing yourself exactly as an athlete organises their year in off competition phase (off season), pre competition phase (pre season) and competition phase (season).
Let's pretend that your first stage ends on 30th of April. To make things easier, I would say that in this first stage you would do exactly what every operational manager does, planing, prioritising, clearing every emotional baggage from the past when you may have failed and making sure that every ingredient comes handy. It is the right time to gather all your facts together, design a vision statement and act according to it. There is no time for looking back in the past because your only attention should be to the goal itself. Let's pretend that your goal is to lose 10kg this year. If you assessed yourself seriously in the last 2 weeks, you know how you gained the extra weight, why you couldn't lose the weight in the past, what are your bad behaviours/ habits, and why did you sabotaged yourself in the past. You also know what are your strengths you could rely on. Now is the time to find out how you could base your present on good and bad experiences from the past.
Things will get serious in the second phase, ending on 31st August, when you will need to actually start putting all your facts together and implement series of actions. For the same example of losing 10kg, this is the step when you would actually put the hard work in. Then in the last stage, ending on 31st December, you will dedicate yourself to testing every little aspect, changing details that didn't work properly and even replacing them with other resources, ideas, and plans. In other words, you would have to come up with alternatives for parts of your strategies that had no positive outcome. Again, if 10kg weight loss is your goal, in this last step, you will make adjustments to your nutrition and exercise plans. So, let's get started. Download the assessment at the top of this post and work towards your goals. Power up for success!