For a successful strategic planning process, you need strong commitment, focus, and an internal champion. A strategic plan is an honest assessment of where you are right now, why you exit, where you want to go, and how you are going to get there. Strategic plans are not wish lists, report cards, or marketing tools. They are living documents that take considerable time and commitment to develop and implement. In addition to the final plan, the process requires discipline, sparks learning, fosters working relationships, and spurs conversations and commitment.