Plan, Do, Check, Act
Although “Plan, Do, Check, Act” is seen as a four-step management method used in business for the control and continual improvement of processes and products, it can also be used to make changes in our lives,
The four phases are:
- Plan: identify and analyze the problem or opportunity and decide which one to test.
- Do: test the potential solution, ideally on a small scale, and measure the results.
- Check/Study: study the result, measure effectiveness, and decide whether it’s supported or not.
- Act: if the solution was successful, implement it.
In our lives we can use this to improve your own performance.
Plan – Identify what is holding you back in your career, money, health, etc… and how you want to progress. Look at the root cause of any issue, and set goals to overcome these obstacles.
Do – When you’ve decided on your course of action, test different approaches to getting the results that you want.
Check – Review progress regularly, adjust your behavior accordingly, and consider the consequences of your actions.
Act – Last step, implement what’s working, and continually refine what isn’t.
It’s continuous improvement, it’s getting better ever day, it’s you taking the opportunity to expand and refine your life skills.
When pursuing goals, one must embrace failures wisely and not be disappointed by them. It is amazing when we start to understand and believe that by making goals, following them through, failing and learning along the way…. we can develop and expand our lives beyond what we may have thought possible and the outset.
“Set a goal to achieve something that is so big, so exhilarating that it excites you and scares you at the same time. It must be a goal that is so appealing, so much in line with your spiritual core, that you can’t get it out of your mind. If you do not get chills when you set a goal, your not setting big enough goals.” —Bob Proctor