Navigating the Future With Your Personal Action Plan

navigating with personal plan

Have you ever felt like you wanted to make moves in your life, but you weren’t sure where to begin or how to accomplish the task? Welcome to the club. You need a personal blueprint to guide you through the journey of life. If you do not choose to plan, then you choose to have others plan for you. You need to be in the driver’s seat to navigate the plans of your life. Personal Action Planning is the process of creating personal accomplishment steps. These steps could be focused on your career, your education, relationships, or self-improvement.



Locke and Latham (1990) created the theory of goal setting and task performance, which reminds us to set the bar high for our goals. This perspective will cause us to “stretch for success.” Locke and Latham remind us to apply five key principles when setting goals:



Make sure your goals are clear and measurable



Set high challenge goals for yourself



Hold yourself accountable for your goals



Seek feedback from others to clarify your expectations and help to adjust your goals


Task Complexity

Make sure your goals are not set so high that they become too overwhelming and difficult to achieve

In the above video, Dr. Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy takes you on the journey to creating your personal action, highlighting the four stops along the way, and showing you the template that you can use to achieve your goals. After you’ve seen the video, download the template, and start working on your plan.


Written by Dr. Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy.

Dr. Ivy is an Assistant Professor with the Forbes School of Business® at Ashford University.


Locke, E. A., & Latham, G. P. (1990). A theory of goal setting and task performance. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

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