I believe that there are 3 basic beliefs when it comes to business. They are particularly relevant when it comes to business planning:
1. The best way to predict your future is to create it.
2. The greatest form of abuse in this world is neglect.
3. If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
There is a simple reason which makes this important. If you don’t invest the time to think through your goals and craft your plan for the rest of 2017 and then for 2018, you’ll be guilty of neglect…and you will by default, compromise your future.
Pause for just a minute and give that statement the consideration it deserves.
You can create the future you want on your terms. Use the planning model below. It is simple to understand. However, it is not simplistic. Plan on spending about 4-6 hours to work through it. It is easy to implement but without focus and accountability, you can easily get off course. All the components are there which are necessary for you to have a plan which is actionable.
Get started on your future today. As Henry David Thoreau has so beautifully stated, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve always imagined.”
Business Planning Model
*New or expanding market opportunities
*New products or services
*Business structure and business processes
*Strengths, Limitations, Opportunities, and Threats
*Where are you now?
*Objectives for Q4 2017 and 2018
*Obstacles in the way of your objectives
*Goals and Action Steps
In addition, you will also need to:
*Rededicate yourself to your personal and business excellence
*Fuel your desire to succeed
*Be filled with positive anticipation
*Build self-confidence through attitude, belief, and preparation
*Be proactively remarkable
*Show your probable purchasers how they win and profit from doing business with you
If you want to be more structured and disciplined in the way you run your business, we should talk. If you want in-depth insight into how to get the most from each category in the planning model, we should talk. Just give a shout.