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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