This was kindly re-posted from Patrick Jink’s Blog.

Recently, while coaching an executive toward getting important things done, I asked him to make a list of all the things he should have done by now, but hasn’t.

When he finished his list, he quickly realized why he hadn’t achieved more. It was a list of goals — NOT actions.

You don’t DO a goal. You ACHIEVE a goal by DOING specific things.

You have to ask yourself, “What’s the NEXT thing I need to DO to get closer to achieving my goal?”

Do you have an action plan for your well-stated goals?

Is it written down? Are the items on your calendar?

Try these steps the next time you have a moment, and are thinking about the goals you haven’t met.