I am a believer in the power of project management.
As a professional project manager for nearly twenty years I have witnessed project success drive business results. I have also proven that project management can change lives and help achieve personal transformation. Now I am sharing some practical tips and techniques that you can use to help achieve your own personal goals, live your best life and become a PM Believer.
One of the most important pieces of any project is the charter.
The charter is produced at the beginning of a project and is a document that formally authorizes the existence of a project. It provides the project manager with the authority to apply organizational resources to project activities.
Essentially a project charter is the official acknowledgement that the team is committing to the goal.
The charter is a visible (and often signed) indication of the commitment and it removes any doubt whether or not the goal is important to the organization. Without a charter there is potentially not clear commitment and focus is questionable at best.
As I talk about in my book, the charter is important when pursuing your personal goals too.
Once you have made a decision to commit to a goal, write it down. Put as much detail as you know about your goal at the time on paper somewhere. You don’t really have to show this paper to anybody but yourself.
By simply writing your goal down it makes it more real. It also makes it far more likely that you will achieve your goal. One study, published in Inc. magazine, determined that you are 42% more likely to succeed with your goal simply by writing it down.
Writing down your goal doesn’t require fancy templates or anything. I usually just write my goals in my note-taking software that I use daily at work and home. I start by writing a brief summary of the goal in my daily journal. Then I continue refining and will often break it out into its own virtual notebook when ready. I don’t start with a perfectly written goal, I just start with an idea and go from there. Eventually, when I am ready, I will tell people about the goal but I don’t rush to do that.
Are you ready to be a PM Believer?
Do you have a goal that you want to achieve? Having a goal is a good start but it’s not enough. You need to write it down and keep it somewhere visible to keep reminding you of your commitment to the goal. You need your charter.
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About Operation Melt
Operation Melt started as a blog to share my personal transformation and weight loss story. After achieving success with that goal, Operation Melt has evolved into a platform to help inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own personal and professional goals so they can live their best lives. My vision is to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.