If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you probably have ideas and thoughts on how to grow your business. How to make it grow more and how to get to that next level?
In order to do so you’re going to need plans, and it’s been my experience that people hate planning. I spent a lot of my life in a career working on plans. I help people build those plans. I help them get where they’re going with The 3 Laws of Empowerment, (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws) and other strategies. And I’ve learned there are some fundamental principles we can apply every day to help us build better plans.
Here are some basic ideas to take the scariness out of planning:
# 1 Dream big. Think about where you are and where you want to go, and think about your vision. Focus on that. That’s going to drive your planning process. Most importantly, understand where you’re going from a holistic level; life, work, career. How do all the pieces fit together? Then we’ll work on the individual plans.
# 2 Think about where you are. What skills have you accumulated? What talents, abilities do you have? What network do you have? How are you moving forward? Focus on where things are now, so that you can understand what the future looks like.
# 3 What do you need? Now you have this dream and this vision of where you’re going and you have an assessment of where you’re at. What’s next? What’s missing from this alignment? What can you add to the mix to keep things growing to the next level?
# 4 Start building bridges. Now that you know where the gaps are so that you can start building bridges over those gaps. Filling in those skills needed. Hiring others. Getting training. Doing the things, you need to do to have the complete picture, which you need, to get to your dreams.
# 5 Use experts. You’re going to want to build a team. You can’t do everything. You need to pick your area of specialization (economic strength) and let others do the other things. Pick your team carefully. Make sure you have the right people involved and everybody is working together on the same mission.
# 6 Keep refining. Keep building what you’re doing. Keep perfecting it. You’re not going to hit it right the first time. It’s going to need a lot of additional work. Keep adjusting your plans. Things are going to popup along the way. Some things are developed quicker than expected and some things are going to take more time and attention. Keep revisiting your dreams and working through this process as your plan unfolds.
Planning doesn’t have to be hard and it’s usually good to get some other people involved in discussing your plans and working through the details to find your blind spots. I think if you make a habit of planning, you’ll find your time and attention a lot more directed and your progress levels will happen much more quickly.
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About the Author
Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (www.rshawnmcbridelive.com/3laws), gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 418-0258.
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