“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein
Daily Nugget of Gold 1502
Planning to Fail
There’s an old saying, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Some folks think that this saying pretty much covers it all, but there’s more to it that. Heck, there had better be, lest there would be no need for what we’re doing right now, writing about it!
Go onto the internet and look up images at Google or Bing using the search term “bad planning”. What you’ll find are some fairly funny images showing how people who didn’t plan properly made major mistakes that could be avoided. We’d like to point out that some of these examples showed projects that one would absolutely have to plan in order to get them started, but failed to take into account everything needed to arrive at a successful outcome for the plans undertaken.
The point we’d like to make is there is a genuine need to pay close attention to the detail of each of the four steps that success guru Anthony Robbins says are necessary to the achievement of any goal. The examples of poor planning you’ll see on the internet didn’t miss steps one or two, they missed step three and/or four. Here are the four steps:
Step one: Know your desired outcome. Choose where you want to go or what you want to do. Be exact. Write it down.
Step two: Get moving. Nothing will ever come of plans not put into action. You must begin or your plans will wither and die.
Step three: Notice whether your actions are getting you closer to your goal or further away. This is the step that some people neglect, yet it’s extremely important to check your results carefully to see if you’re on-track or off-track with how it’s going. While viewing the bad planning images, notice how this step was likely ignored.
Step four: Make corrections based on your observations about whether you are getting closer to your goal or further away. Simple enough, right? Again, the failures you’ll see didn’t heed this simple advice.
If professional engineers and designers can screw up the four steps above, you might want to consider that you might as well. The steps are simple enough. The results of proper planning and execution of your plans depend on your paying attention to detail through the entire process, however. That’s not difficult, just necessary for success.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I get better at planning and carrying out my plans successfully?”
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