March 2, 2022 10:58 pm

George Morris

The One-Page Personal Plan is a simple tool for structuring aspirations, activities and actions for your successful future. I prefer to use this tool to start of a quarterly planning session with an executive team. Taking 30 minutes to share each team members OPPP helps team members find shared interests and life goals, ultimately it helps build trust.

In Scaling Up we have 4 Decisions that make for a great company, these are People, Strategy, Execution and Cash. We have a similar set of success criteria for a great life, these are Relationships, Achievements, Rituals and Wealth. The OPPP breaks down each criteria from a 10 to 25 year aspiration, to a 1 year activity and 90 day actions.

Relationships

True wealth is tied to the relationships we create in our families, our communities and with our friends. Starting at the top, in the 10 - 25 Year box, list out the groups you wish to have relationships with. There is a strong correlation between happiness and the number of groups that you are active in.

In the 1 Year box, look at the groups and think about who within these groups do you want to focus your next 12 months or 90 days with. Examples could be a friend that needs assistance, or an employee in need of mentorship.

In the final two boxes, what are some relationships you want to start building and what are some relationships that need to end. Your energy is critical and if a relationship is depleting then it should be intentionally ended.

Achievements

It's not uncommon to question the impact of your life. In this section we want to look a the major ways you'll impact the World outside of your work life. Adjectives matter here, attempt to think of the energy behind your achievement. For instance, I have a friend who wants to "positively impact the lives of one-million people," and my own personal one is to have a negative carbon footprint of -20,000 tonnes. This is 1000 times the lifetime (average American) carbon footprint. At current carbon-credit rates that's about $800,000 in carbon credits.

Next, what are the 1 year and 90 day activities that you can do to take small bites out of the achievements you've selected to address? For example, if you have an achievement goal of "living a rewarding relationship with my partner," then a 90 day action could be, "take 2 hours during the weeknight to connect deeply with my partner."

Rituals

Rituals or habits are critical for success. We often think willpower is the answer, but that is wrong. Willpower is like a battery, it will wear out over time and it needs to be charged. Use the willpower to make habits. Once a habit is established willpower will be unnecessary. If you'd like a good primer on habits, check out the work from Dr Benjamin Hardy.

Start at the top box and think about the bigger life rituals that you'd like to adopt. A great example is a daily meditation or fitness practice. Like in the other columns you want to break out your 1 year and 90 day activities. Are there any habits or rituals you'd like to stop? They aren't always a glaring negative, sometimes these rituals are time wasters that aren't recharging your energy. For some that might be zoning out on video games, TV or Facebook.

Wealth (or Experiences)

Think of wealth as the resource for supporting your personal plan. What are the big picture items you want to do with your life, and what financial resources are needed to make that happen? For me, I think of this as Experiences. One of my Experiences would be to create a coaching practice that I can deliver from anywhere in the World and maintain till my dying day. I have no designs to retire and I want to keep mentally engaged in life for as long as my body lets me. So what is your version of this?

Now break down your 1 Year and 90 Day actions. When thinking about those things to stop doing, think about what gets in your way of creating the wealth you need in your life.

Next Steps

Complete the OPPP with other team members at the beginning of each quarter. Share it as a way to support each other in activities outside of work. It leads to a more well-rounded and dynamic team.

Download the Scaling Up OPPP PDF

Copy the GMORRIS Modified Scaling Up OPPP Google Sheet

What changed?

The default Scaling Up OPPP lists 5 areas on the left side of the sheet, Finance, Fitness, Friends, Family and Faith. These are great areas to focus on as reminders, however I prefer listing out your personal core values. Core values are a strong way to state who you are to your team and it acts as a focusing tool when creating the 10 to 25 yr ambitions. 

About the Author

I use my 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience and training to coach businesses on scaling up rapidly using Verne Harnish's Scaling Up framework. By doing so, my clients are more efficient and profitable, giving them the ability to make bigger impacts in the world.

I deeply believe entrepreneurs are the best equipped to be the vehicle for meaningful change, and in the decade ahead, we'll see a substantial shift in how business is done. We'll move to a model where company purpose, impact, curiosity, and team health will be differentiators in overall business success. As Simon Sinek has pointed out, the finite games are the legacy of the past; we're moving to an infinite game.

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