The Cycle of Action
As a leader within your business, it’s essential that you have the capacity to stand back and look at a situation clearly.
A lot of senior fitness professionals tend to dive in with the ‘doing’ and forget the rest. This makes us reactive instead of proactive, and it also means that we don’t see our mistakes and learn from them.
The Cycle of Action is a simple framework to guide your approach as an Assessor, and as a leader and role model. It breaks any task into four broad stages: Planning, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.
Here’s each step in more detail:
This first step is all about creativity, potential, and a wide perspective. It means exploring different options, looking at the competition, researching the paths available, and beginning to put the broad strokes of the plan into place.
Development is about testing and refining your chosen ideas from the first phase.
Implementation is the ‘doing’ – taking the ideas you’ve developed and making them a reality.
Once your plan is in motion, you need to measure its success so you can learn what’s going well, what needs refinement, and what can be discarded.
Using the Cycle effectively
Of course life and business don’t fall into four neat steps like we’ve described.
For every task, there’ll be different elements, subtasks, course corrections, and factors out of your control. The important thing to remember is that every process should contain these four steps in some format.
We see many people spending the vast majority of their time on step three, Implementation. This is the equivalent of going on a journey and spending the entire time staring at your feet. Sure, you’re going to avoid tripping over something directly in front of you. But without looking up at where you’re going, you may end up in a destination vastly different from what you were aiming for: and you may take a really inefficient route to get there, wasting time and energy unnecessarily.
You should ideally be spending roughly equal time on each of the four stages. This will give you the oversight and insight you need to be informed and deliberate about the direction you choose, and how you get there.