I have a hard time believing we have been talking about plans for the last week. It seems like we just started on Monday. And although we have barely scratched the surface, being here today is a perfect thing because you cannot only read or talk about planning. To actually learn about planning, you have to get out and try it for yourself.
Is planning easy? That depends on what you’re planning. Is it foolproof? Not for anyone that I’ve known. Yet if you practice, and you work on planning, it will get better. You will learn what to anticipate, what you can account for, and things like the weather which you absolutely have no control.
The more you plan, the better you will get at it. The trick is to start early and start small. Plan how you want your bedroom to look. Start planning for yourself and your family. It is you get used to planning reach out for larger projects.
You may have heard that forgiveness is often easier to get than permission. Here is something else you also need to know. The higher you go in your profession, the more difficult forgiveness becomes. A worker on an assembly line is more likely to get leniency and mercy than a supervisor. A level one manager is for more likely to have an error overlooked then someone in the board room. This does not mean you should want to make mistakes, but they do happen, and it is not the end of the world.
The trick to making affirmative plans is to keep everyone in the loop, making sure they understand the goal and the means to get there. Not everybody will be thrilled at first because change is a hard thing for some people to accept and do well. If you work with them, they will come around.
Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.