The Combo Pack is a balanced combination and symbiotic integration or merging between a SWOT-analysis and vision, mission, value & legacy statements that will allow for a synchronicity between the GPS, CPD, PLP and SDS action steps.

In other words… Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don't much care where.” The Cat: “Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.” Alice: “…so long as I get somewhere.” The Cat: “Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.(From Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland)

It is virtually impossible to “get somewhere” in life when you don't have a clear “destination” in mind.

Using the combo pack is a little like using a map and compass when you're going hiking, it helps you to reach your destination. And - like Alice - when you don't know where you are going, then it doesn't much matter which route you take. In case of the latter, don't complain when you get to that somewhere and it doesn't quite agree with you or you find it quite frustrating.

Why use the Combo Pack?

The gap between where you are at present and where you want to in future, is where you will use the combo pack. In other words, it acts as a frame of reference or directive when you're going from “point A” to “point B”.

How does the Combo Pack Work?

To obtain a clearer picture of how you can use the combo pack to get results, imagine that you're going hiking and on this trip you're using four things as a basic frame of reference…

  • …a map (i.e. your vision, mission, value and legacy statements)
  • …the territory (i.e. circumstances, events, situations and reality checks)
  • …you (i.e. your SWOT-analysis report and feedbacks)
  • …compass (i.e. your GPS)

There are many types of maps (i.e. assessment dimensions) that you can make use of:

If you've ever seen a map, you realize that there are many types of maps that you can use for different purposes. For your purposes - when you create a professional map (CDP) - what you're doing is defining your own unique vision of where you want to go… starting from where you are at this moment in time. You are laying down the groundwork, building references, a professional network and crafting a strategy (PLP and SDS) to get to “where X marks the spot”.

Mountains and Valleys:

Once you've gotten clear on the “map”, it's time to take a look at the territory…

  • What are the possible obstacles that can get in the way? (i.e. threats)
  • What forces are at work that keep you going in circles? (i.e. weaknesses)
  • Is there a better way to get to where you're going? (i.e. opportunitiesDetermine and identify various possibilities & alternatives. )
  • What forces will allow you to keep going despite difficulties and obstacles encountered (i.e. your strengths)

It's All Up To You:

If you're like most people, you will face several challenges that have you stuck in any given time and space. You may be undergoing a change process in your business; on a personal level, you feel lost and don't know exactly what you want or you may be having problems in your family that's pulling your journey apart at the seams.

At this point, you're pretty much telling yourself to give up and then you stick your head in the sand, hoping that things will change for the better by some miraculous intervention, even when - deep down - you're are quite sure that it will not.

And that's the real problem. What you're telling yourself, is what is getting in the way. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy… when we act believing that we can't change the way things are.

Well guess what? Things can and do change, every day and for many people. Most problems can be solved, what you need to do is to act and think differentlyWe can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them&Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results~ Albert Einstein .

The Difference Between Strategy and Tactics:

A tactic is a technique used to achieve a short-term objective (SDS). A strategy is a carefully designed plan to achieve a long-term goal (LDP). In the Combo Pack, you will be integrating and applying different tactics with a long term strategy in mind.

What is the bottom line?

In order to achieve lasting change, you will have to take the strategic approach and ACT now!

The What-IS-Scenario:

Firstly, you need to take a bold step in how you think about yourself. Simply put… you have the means and capability to make a real and lasting difference.

Once you consciously realize and accept the above premises, you can commence with what-IS-scenario's…

A what-IS-scenario forces you to apply a set of strategies and tactics that will help you answer the two questions that open the door to lasting change.

  • Is it worth it?
  • Do you have the ability to do it?

By deliberately applying these techniques to behaviours - both current and desired - and by receiving guidance or facilitation to accelerate the process even further, you will make change for the better inevitable.

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  • Last modified: 12 September, 2018 @ 3:53pm
  • by Jan Viljoen