5-Steps the SAS use to plan Missions that you can use for Successful Planning too.
If you fail to plan you are planning to fail”- Benjamin Franklin
If there ever were a group of people who need successful planning, it’s the British Special Air Service. Poor planning can jeopardize a mission, and for the SAS soldiers this could mean death. I’ve always had huge admiration for anyone who chooses to dedicate their lives to protecting their country, the SAS have always stuck out for me as being extra-extraordinary.
You see, to be a member of the Special Air Service, you have to be in the elite of the elite soldiers- highly skilled, impeccably strong both physically and mentally, demonstrating almost super human levels of grit, resilience and strength.
I’ve been reading SAS- Who Dares Wins- a great read as 4 ex-SAS soldiers share their first-hand accounts of life in the special forces, all the way from the grueling selection process to bloody battles behind enemy lines.
One of my biggest takeaways is a 5-step process SAS soldiers use to plan a mission. In fact, I’ve been applying the 5 steps when planning my own personal and professional goals over the last few weeks and found it hugely helpful for creating a clear plan of action. These are the same 5 steps that you too can take to plan your strategies, whether you need to market your business or plan a party…
1. Determine your mission.
The first step is to get super clear on what your mission (objective) is.
It’s important when capturing your mission, it meet’s the following criteria. Is it:
- Specific? Is your clearly defined? Lose weight isn’t specific. Be 5 kilos lighter is.
- Measurable? Will you be able to clearly measure the success of your mission once carried out? How will you measure Success?
- Timed? What time frame do you wish to achieve your goal in?
2. Identify threats.
What threats exist that could make achieving your goal difficult?
Although your threats may not be as life-threatening as the SAS member’s, don’t skip this stage. Becoming aware of potential threats (perhaps distractions, lack of time, procrastination, negativity) will help you to execute your plan with higher levels of awareness meaning you can have strategies in place for minimizing the likeliness and impact of threats.
3. What assets are available to you- financial, physical, intellectual?
What assets are available to you? In my Coaching sessions, I ask a similar question- What resources do you have available to you?