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Five Steps to a Good Plan

May 26, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Plans need to be robust and realistic. Or they’re apt to fail.

Over time I’ve found that people get caught up in the planning process, even paralyzed by all the work that goes into planning. I can help. Here are my five steps to help you figure out what you need to do to make your plan succeed.

# 1 Dream. Where do you want to go?

# 2 Determine. What steps do you need to get there?

# 3 Change. What needs to be done differently to get you there? If you were capable of being there now, you would be. So you need to think about changing your abilities and skills, the people you associate with, and most everything around you.

# 4 Time. You know the steps to get to your destination and you know the changes you need to make. Set a timeline to get them done.

# 5 Adjust. Now that you look at all this from a global level, you may need to make adjustments to the first four steps. Add or delete steps. Reset the timeline. Keep an open mind and learn as you go along to make it all work together.

What’s your experience with planning? Have you been challenged with this? What have you done to make plans that work? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion, and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Helmut Gevert.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.

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