Executing a Plan to Achieve a Goal :: Patriots Style

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Yes, the Patriots won another Super Bowl. No surprise there. As a 34-year-old woman, I have a very skewed view of what being a sports fan is like. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl when I was a junior in high school. It was exciting and inspiring, and we had no idea of the dynasty that was to come.

Now, as an adult, and 17 years after that first win, I get even more satisfaction from watching the Patriots crush their opponents every playoff season. Why? Because of the absolute laser focus of this team. Year after year it is still incredible and is truly so far above anything that has ever been seen in sports before. How they do it is really so simple. They make a plan, execute the plan, and achieve the goal.  

As I mom, I do this every day. I wake up with one goal: “Keep the tiny humans alive.” So far, in my seven years of parenthood, I have achieved this goal every day. YESSS — I am crushing it with keeping them alive. But with almost all my other “mom goals,” I fall short. But what if I “Patriots styled” my parenting goals? How good would it feel to make a plan about, let’s say, screen time and achieve that goal?

My plan would look something like this. Everyone gets a half hour of screen time when we wake up (so mom can consume her coffee and pack school lunch). Child number two (the preschooler) gets one hour of screen time while baby naps, again, so mom can also take a break. After school, child number one (the second grader) gets one hour of screen time and child number two can do a half hour if she wants. That’s it. Screens away. All I have to do now is execute my plan — and achieve my goal.

Now, will I succeed every day? Probably not. Have the Patriots won every Super Bowl? No, they haven’t. But every season, the Patriots have a plan, and they execute and achieve their goals.  

You cannot achieve the goal without a plan. Whether it’s a parenting goal, business goal, or simply to get your legs shaved today, wake up, set the goal, make the plan, and execute.

Leah is a Massachusetts native who grew up in the MetroWest area. She met her husband in 2006 and they bonded over all things Boston. After moving to North Carolina for 4 years, they realized they had to move back to New England. (love that dirty water!) In 2011 they welcomed a son into their family. Then 2014, 1 week before having their daughter, their son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The last but not least little guy came in 2017. With three kids and special needs in their life, they rely on an amazing support system of friends and family. Leah is a stay at home mom, who is also growing a small business, and enjoying the independence and freedom it has given her. Loves: Great food (mostly made by her talented husband), playing with the kids, the beach, date nights, The Pats, The Sox, The B’s, new socks and bras, and American history, and movies. Can’t stand: Cotton balls, weeds, broken crayons, pollen, and vacuuming up Cheerios every half hour.