Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

planningHow many times have you heard that expression?

I wondered where it came from so I “googled” the quote and found that it has been attributed to several prominent people. Winston Churchill was amongst them and whilst he had a few setbacks (!) we know he certainly didn’t plan on failure.

Let’s face it, if we don’t know where we are going, then how will we know when we have arrived?

Anthony Robbins says that there are 6 basic human needs and certainty is one of these. Planning gives us certainty.

We need to sit down and really think about what we want. Depending on which area of our lives we are dealing with we could either be alone or with our life partner; or with our business partner or colleagues. The use of an experienced facilitator or business/executive coach can be beneficial in keeping people “on target” and raising points that may otherwise have been overlooked.

However, if you are a ‘DIYer’ and like to battle your thinking and planning out on your own, click here to download my Business Plan e-book – which endeavours to make the process simple and easy to think about and follow.

Also, remember to make sure your plan is a SMART plan,

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Aligned
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

If your plans are for the near future they need to be heavy on detail, and if the timeline is longer then they become more general, and high level.

Plans give you a benchmark to measure against. Some people say that things almost never go according to plan. That may be so but it doesn’t rule out the need for a plan. When you have a plan you can measure what impact these changes will have.

Without a plan we are just wandering around in the forest waiting and hoping to be rescued.