Can you believe this year is almost over? It seems like we just brought in this New Year and now it’s time to welcome another year. How did you do with the goals that you set for this year? Were you successful? If not, it could be because you didn’t have a plan. I know, I know, writing plans are not fun. In fact, when people ask me what I do, I tell them I deal with the non-sexy side of business. I help people write strategic plans. Let me give you three reasons why you need a plan.
- A plan, preferably a written plan, brings clarity. Your plan will help you determine the gap between where you are and where you would like to be. Once you identify the gap, you can create the steps needed to reach your goals.
- A written plan helps you use that magic 2 letter word; “NO”. When you have a plan, you can filter any perceived opportunity that comes to you by asking yourself this question, “If I say yes to this will it take me closer to or push me further away from my goal?”. Your answer will help you make an informed decision.
- Proper planning helps you expect the unexpected. Part of any planning process should include not only a look at your strengths and opportunities but also you weaknesses and threats. By thinking your idea all the way through, you will be in a better position to anticipate challenges so you can be proactive instead of reactive.
I know you’ve heard people say that businesses don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. But even if you don’t have a business you still need a plan. Remember, if you don’t know where you are going any old road will do. You can meander through life and just let things happen or you can create a plan to make it happen. One approach will leave you frustrated and unfulfilled. The other can put you on the road to living the life of your dreams. The choice is yours.
If you find that you need a little help in creating your business or life plan, visit our Coaching Services page. I am sure we have a plan that will work for you.