Do you have a plan for your business? Better yet, do you have a plan for your life?
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn
Just like for your life, your business needs a plan. And no, you can't have a plan for your business without a plan for your life. Owning your own business is too intertwined with your personal life not to have them both aligned. The importance of having a plan is not so much that you actually follow it, it's that you have at least thought about what you want your business to look like and a rough sketch on how to get there. Plans change all the time…..
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. ~Old Boxing Quote
Military strategists spend countless hours planning every detail of an upcoming battle, knowing full well that once the first shot if fired, the original plan will basically become useless and they will have to formulate new plans as circumstances change.
Why do they bother doing all of this up front work knowing it will have to change almost immediately?
It's not the plan that is important, it's the planning. ~Dr Graeme Edwards
The value is in the planning….not the actual plan. The planning is done to force yourself to think…..to think deeply about what you are facing, to make you think long and hard about what you are getting into. Planning lets you visualize what you want to happen and helps you create the action steps to move you there. Planning also helps you to anticipate challenges and to formulate responses to those hypothetical situations.
Most people are too lazy to spend time thinking about “what might happen”. They are also the same people who fold like a cheap suit when the sh@t hits the fan. Why? Because they have never given thought on what they would do when faced with a challenge.
I spent 13 years in the NYC Fire Department. We trained, at a minimum, 2 hours a day. What did we spend most of our time training on? “What if” scenarios. When we trained new firefighters, we would constantly asked them, “What would you do if….” and “What would you do when….” questions. We would do this non-stop until they have thought through every scenrio and gained an understand of why they would do something in any given situation.
And guess what happened?
When the hypothetical situation actually happened, the new firefighters were able to react, and react swiftly. Why? Because by thinking the situation through dozens of times in their heads it was like they had actually experienced the it before.
That's what you need to do for your business.
Create your road map, do your planning. Know what you want your business (and life) to look like. Things to think about;
- Do my business goals align with my life goals? What's the big picture for your life? How will your business support it?
- What do you want your business to look like 1, 2, 5, 10 years from now?
- What steps do you need to take today, this week, next month and next year to get there?
- What challenges might you face?
- What steps will you need to take to overcome these challenges if they arrive?
Create Your Roadmap [Free Download]
Hopefully you see the importance of having a vision for your business and a plan for getting there. The act of planning is just as important, if not more, than the actual plan itself. Spend some quiet time, do some deep thinking and get started on planning a great business.
**To help you create your roadmap, I created a simple form where you can write down your plans for key areas of your business. Use it as is, modify it, or use it as inspiration to come up with your own. [Download Here] Your Small Business Roadmap
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