Document a Path to Your Perfect Product

The result (good or bad) of any initiative is its Product.

Product: noun — a thing produced by labor.


You can have a say in the results when you clearly define an outcome, then take correlated action.

To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

–Johann von Goethe

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Johann von Goethe was a German writer and statesman in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

When we do not define a clear outcome, or if we do not take meaningful action, we will almost assuredly fail.

Let’s get in action!

Take action

Practice 1

Perform the “Remember The Future” innovation game from

  1. Answer the question: When I have met my goal in one year from now, what will I have done to get there?
  2. Write the answer on a blank document, and include it in your PowerBoard.

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

–Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author, best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937) which is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time.

Assignment 2

Working backward from your final envisioned outcome, set goals based on the remembered future you created in Practice 1 above.

Goals may be finite endpoints, such as:

  • A final weight
  • A clothing size

Goals may be process-related, like:

  • I will take a certain action every day, or
  • I will take one new action every week

Results from this lesson

  1. You now have a clearer idea what you will do to meet your goal, as a document in your PowerBoard.
  2. You have defined a series of goals, that will serve as milestones on the journey to your end product. Put this in your PowerBoard also.
  3. If you completed the Bonus Assignment (below), you also have a Product Vision Box, as a physical guide and visible reminder of your product goals and final outcome.

Bonus Assignment


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