Plan or Planning?
Do You Have A Plan, Or Are You Planning?
I will elaborate a bit about what I have talked about in the previous post regarding how to use a tool that you already have when planning for your business. The tool I talk about is just a simple Powerpoint slide, a Keynote slide or Impress from OpenOffice. The last one is free in case you haven’t got any of the other. But to be honest, a paper, pen and a ruler works just great for this!
Take a look at the image above. This is one of the reasons I have talked about that you need to find out where you are and where you want to go. Your starting point and your goal. Your goal can be the goal you have set for this year, for the ultimate end for your business or just for one important task you need to to. But I will, for now, simplify this to talk about the goal you set for this year.
The white line in the middle exemplify the straight way from Jan to Dec. Everything works as you wish and nothing comes between you and your goal. Awesome! This is something everybody wants.
But very few experience that.
Most of the time, things come between you and your goal. This can be anything. When that happens and you have a plan and choose to stick to it, you will loose tempo and, if unlucky, time and money. It’s like if you have looked at a map one time, decided how to go to reach your target and during the walk notice a wall in the middle of the road. Your plan is to walk straight on the road, but you can’t do that now. There is a wall there. You now have to find out what is the best way to pass that wall. Go left or right? Climb over or dig under it? What is the best way? When you are trying to figure that out, you are actually making an new plan on how to reach your target. You are indeed planning while facing the obstacle.
This will take time, and you will probably miss whatever you intended to reach at your target.
What if, as I try to illustrate in the image, you did think about possible obstacles that could occur before getting away. I know you can’t find out all of them, but I’m sure you can find several. The stars illustrate such identified obstacles and alternative ways to pass them. The focus is always to come back to the white line.
Your plan needs to be updated all the time pending on where you are and on what colored line you are traveling on. It’s an ongoing planning procedure. Well, that must be a very hard job you say. Well, if you do a thorough work in the beginning, identify as many obstacles as possible, it won’t be that hard. The planning part might just as easy as look out from the train window and read on the plattform, telling you where you are. Then you know what to do. At least in the bigger picture.
I hope I have made this a bit understandable and emphasized the importance of identifying where you are, where you want to go and also how to deal with obstacles that may turn up during your ride.
My motto is Plan Structure Results. And this is something I will continue to talk about in coming posts here.
Next time I will mention something about phases in your journey towards the goal you have setup.
But until then, If you haven’t identified where you are, set up your goal, then do that. After that, try to find out possible obstacles and ways to deal with them before they occur.
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Plans Is Nothing, Planning Is Everything
This was something Dwight D Eisenhower said and you can find several quotes from well known people through the history. Why am I writing this? Well, yesterday I talked about setting the stage. Or that you have to find out where you are before trying to plan where to go.
Have you done that yet? If not, please read that post once more and do that before trying to create a plan. Your plan might be the best possible, but perhaps, if you are unlucky, directs you in the wrong way.
When you are set it’s time to take the next step. Make a plan. You have to find out the path that will take you from where you are to where you want to be later on. This is something that’s easier said than done. You will find that there are several roads to success. All pending on your state of mind, your knowledge and how you del with all the influences that affect you from external persons and media.
I can’t tell you exactly how to create your ultimate plan here in this post. The only one that can do that is you and only you. And I can promise you that you won’t be able to create THE PLAN the first time you try.
What I can promise though is that if you don’t plan, you won’t get anywhere. Then plan you create will have to be changed several times during the path to your end goal.
And that brings me back to the heading; Plans in nothing, planning is everything! It’s not the plan in it self that are the most important here. Is the ongoing planning. Time after time you have to stop, identify where you are, compare with your end goal and see if you are on the path or if you have to oversee you plan and do changes that will redirect you towards your goal.
Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential
This is one more quote that emphasize what I’m trying to explain here. Don’t forget this if you want to grow your business and bring it to the point you want it to be.
In my next post I will illustrate how you can use a very good planning tool to mitigate the obstacles you can identify in forehand and also some that will come without warning. And that tool is something you already have.
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Plan Structure Results
2015 is here now. Are you prepared for what’s coming?
What’s Your plan?
How have You structured the year to come?
What are the results that you are expecting?
If you don’t know where you are, how can you know where to go?
It is vital for your business to set up goals for both the ner future and what’s going to happened over time. If you don’t do that, then you have great problems with laying out a strategi on how to grow and expand. You might have great plans and actions, but if you are unlucky, they won’t help you. The problem is, they might even harm your business in the long run.
What you need to do is to take a good look in to your business and analyze where you are. It’s not to determent if you are doing well or not. It is to understand where you are. Both in your economy and product or services you provide.
When that’s done, look at your end goal. Compare and see what’s missing och if you are doing things that you didn’t plan for in the beginning. If you don’t have that end goal, now is the time to set one up.
Just to simplify what I’m talking about. Imagine you are in a very big and dark room. If I provide you with a map, showing where you can find the exit, will you find it? Perhaps with some luck you will, but if you don’t know where you are, how can you tell where to go? But if I also show you where you are on the map, then it will be much easier for you to find the exit. Right?
So what I’m saying here. It’s great everybody talks about setting up goals for the year to come, but almost none are talking about identifying where you are. I urge you to do that now. Find out where you and your business are and then compare it to your end goal. From that you can create a plan for 2015.
Do that now, and I’m positive that your business will grow during 2015.
Happy New Year To All Of You
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