Planning It Right

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If you are reading this right now, I’ve got a pretty good idea that you are a human. As humans, we have a tendency to plan for things we are going to do. We do this knowing that when we put the plan in motion, the probability of our plans staying intact is very rare. Why do we plan?

We plan because doing so keeps us on our toes. Making a plan is a decisive action. It allows us to understand the aspects of what we want to do, what the ultimate goal is, and at least an idea of how we can get from start to finish. The more we plan, the better our knowledge concerning the needed actions becomes. Because of our planning, when an initial plan falls apart, it is much easier to recognize that fact and adapt based on various bits of information we learned while developing different scenarios.

A person who has not planned at all will have a much harder time adapting and overcoming when their first ideas fail. They will not understand the lay of the land, the resources available nor the variations in actions which could help them. Planning allows you to snatch victory from the teeth of defeat.

Planning is very economical. Planning saves you time in actually completing a task. It saves you money by knowing upfront what you need and procuring it ahead of time. A plan will actually save you worry because you know what is required and you have made arrangements and accounted for those needs. One thing that no one who ever won, completed, or participated in a project did was regret planning.

Next time you have a project, define what the project is, what the end goal should have within it. And then develop a plan of how to get from the beginning to the end. This works for all projects, both big and small. Don’t take my word. Try planning and let me know how it went.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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