Are Your Plans Working

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We’ve been talking about making plans this week. Even though most plans will fall apart, the fact that you built a strategy gives you knowledge and forethought that will still help you to win the task. The question you want to ask yourself is how good are your plans, and how successful are they.

Your plans don’t have to work precisely as written to be valuable. Your ideas should be a good start and the basis of you completing the task before you. There will always be some rough roads and even some blockades as you execute your plan. And you will have to think on your feet to overcome them. This is true whether you are speaking with the customer, in the board room, or working with your own staff.

There are many people who, when hit with their first obstruction, call it a day and fail to even try to continue. When you run into insurmountable obstacles, you need to quickly look for a plan B, C, or D, and move off in the new direction. If you can keep your momentum driving forward, you have a chance of overcoming and succeeding.

The trick is to have faith. Faith in your product, your people, and your goals. If you believe you can, and are willing to do what it takes, you can do almost anything. The trick is to not give up on yourself.

Is this easy? Not really. Is it foolproof? No. Is the planning absolutely guaranteed? There are no guarantees in life. Yet, if you try this and you work at it, you may find these ideas to be useful tools that will help you as you plan what you want to do and where you would like to go next.

As with all my suggestions, there are no guarantees. Try something in small increments and if you find success try a little more. You will know what works for you and what does not.

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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