You may have seen my blog at the start of the month about the importance of planning. If not, you can find it here. It highlighted the benefits of strategic planning in business and how thorough planning can help your business thrive. After all, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. However it must be mentioned that just because you have a plan in place, it doesn’t mean you’ll definitely be striding for success. Here’s why.
Are you properly planning?
A plan is completely pointless if you don’t have an actionable means of putting it into practice. It needs to be a plan that you can monitor and work with. At times, you may need to change the path of your plan slightly, or edit goals within it accordingly. When you first create your plan, there are three key things to analyse to ensure it has the highest chances of being a success.
- Does your plan have targets, goals and dates to work to?
- Do you re-visit your plan every few days/weeks to ensure you’re on target?
- Are you working with a coach towards your plan, who can keep you accountable?
A plan is actually like a relationship. It requires attention, involvement and two way interaction. There will be times that it doesn’t actually work, but as long as you work around that and adjust accordingly, you will still remain on the path to success.
How to plan
People plan in different ways – some opt for digital calendars and memo pads, some prefer a hand written list. However you choose, planning is a great way to start your campaign on the road to success. You may have lots of ideas for your business growth and development, in which case it’s best to scribble them all down on a piece of paper. Once you’ve cleared your mind of your ideas, it’s time to create the plan that will put them into place. Some points to consider when you start the planning process are;
- What needs to be changed, achieved or implemented for you to work on this idea?
- Does your plan require any additional tools, staff members or resources?
- What is the deadline for this task?
- What is the outcome of the completed task?
- How often will you ensure you’re on track? This is dependant on the deadline date of your plan. If the deadline is in 2 months (for example), I advise addressing the progress every two weeks. If your deadline is in 12 months, address once per month.
What happens when the plan fails?
Sometimes, plans fail through no fault of your own. Time, financial and environmental issues can disrupt even the best laid plan, leaving you with no option but to alter it. That’s not a problem. These things happen. Just ensure that when you re-address the plan and re-set your targets and goals, that you learn from whatever caused the plan to fail the first time.
Planning is all part of the entrepreneurial journey and can really help your business to grow and thrive. It’s a process that comes a lot easier to some than others, as with many business related tasks. If you’re really struggling and feel that your plan would benefit from a second opinion, please do get in touch. I offer a free strategy session so we can ensure that together, we can make great things happen.
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The Master Fixer
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