Do you have a clearly defined preferred future but still struggle to know whether you are moving in the right direction or will ever arrive? If so, it may be that you’ve missed an essential step in the process. What step? Developing milestones that lead to your preferred future (and indicate you are moving in the right direction).
What is a milestone? Webster defines a milestone as “a stone by the side of a road that shows the distance in miles to a specified place.” A modern understanding of milestone is “an important point in the progress or development of something : a very important event or advance.” For our purposes, a milestone is an attainable step that points to the preferred future. See also, Are We There Yet? Milestones that Lead to the Preferred Future.
The identification of milestones is an essential step in the strategy of arriving or progressing toward a preferred future. Milestones also play an important role in the strategy of developing “next steps for everyone and first steps for their friends.”
Here are some examples of milestones:
- By December of 2016, we will have 100 small groups, and 70 percent of them will have an apprentice.
- By June of 2016, we will have 10 test-drive “coaches” and every new group will be assigned a coach.
- By Easter of 2016, we will implement a “first step out of the auditorium that is easy, obvious and strategic.”
- By September of 2016, we will identify a single best next step for everyone (core, committed, congregation and crowd) and a first step for their friends (community).
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