“People prefer comfort to change, and as a result, anything that disrupts their routine gets labeled as bad. Yet, more often than not, change is only as good or bad as the response to it. You may not be able to control where the future directs you, but you can defend against it.”, Greg Twemlow, December 2017
The Goals Playbook© by Greg Twemlow is a way to deal with change and give you the context for thinking about what you want to achieve. It’s designed to be used to think about the year ahead, although it can be easily adapted to address short term goals or specific strategic objectives - personal or corporate.
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License to use the Goals Playbook©: all materials associated with the Goals Playbook© are licensed by the owner, Greg Twemlow. In order to use the Goals Playbook© and associated material you must request to be issued a license. Licenses are generally free for individuals and Not-for-profits. Corporations, trainers, facilitators, consultants and anyone using Goals Playbook© to assist more than one person must purchase a license.
IF YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, YOU’LL NEED TO LEARN TO FOCUS/PLAN
We’re always finding ways to do more. The buzzword today is hustle. Go out there, chase after your goal, and make connections. Only then, can you make your mark. Yet at a certain point, fatigue sets in. There’s only so much that can be done. No matter how productive or effective you are, there are a maximum of 24 hours in a day. There’s only so much that we can healthily optimize for. More problematically, our decision making hasn’t caught up with the abundance of information and choices that we have available to us. We put off making decisions—we decide to not decide—and instead pursue all the opportunities in front of us (sometimes referred to as “ready, fire, aim”.). The approach is well and good until one reaches the saturation point, where there’re too many choices for us to reasonably pursue. At that point in time, we’re burned out and likely confused. Trade-offs are necessary when you are at full capacity. Every action carries an opportunity cost; sometimes that opportunity cost may be greater than the cost of inaction itself.
In our lives, simplicity is the key to almost everything, no matter what aspect of your life you’re focusing on. Keeping things reduced to the minimum viable effort, whether that’s an actual product or something intangible like an idea or strategy, is essential to maintain focus and communicate effectively to family, friends, employees, customers and generally any stakeholder. That means coming up with a concise plan you believe in and can easily convey to your collaborators. The layout of Goals Playbook© is 3x3 grouped by Drivers, Status and Plan. 9 cells that together form your Playbook explaining the context to anyone who you invite to collaborate.
3 Stages of the Process
Why are you seeking to change
Reflect on what's working well
Developing your prioritized actions
WHY GOALS PLAYBOOK© USES 9 CELLS
In French the word neuf means both nine and new. In German, the words for nine and new are neun and neu, and in Spanish, nueve and nuevo. As you count and reach nine, you know you are about to make a new start. 9 is composed of the all-powerful 3x3. Buddhist tradition holds nine to be the supreme spiritual power, and a celestial number. It is 3x3 being the most auspicious of all the numbers. Completion; fulfillment; attainment; beginning and the end; the whole number; a celestial and angelic number.