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Seven Things To Do Now To Plan

December 6, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

Planning is key and it’s always wise to be getting ready for better and better things. How do you do the planning process? We spend a lot of time helping people plan and I often speak about planning in The Three Laws of Empowerment ( Here’s some steps to help you work through the planning process:

# 1 Evaluate where you are. Think about where stand now. What is your current situation? What skills, assets, and abilities do you have in your inventory? What can you utilize in the future?

# 2 Look at your current plan. What plans do you have in place now, written or unwritten? What are you aiming for? Where are things headed? Take a look at the current plan to assess what’s going on.

# 3 Confirm your goals. Where are you headed with your business? What do you want to do in the future? What dreams are you trying to accomplish?

# 4 Determine what’s realistic. Looking at your goals, set some realistic things that you can plan to achieve and focus your attention there.

# 5 Look for weak spots. Where are the problems? What are the issues? How could your plan not come together? What would cause a disruption? Think about your weak spots that you can strengthen.

# 6 Put milestones and a timeline in writing. Now you want to update your plan and figure out how you’re going to get there. What are you going to accomplish, by what deadline? How is this process going to unfold and how are you going to work this plan over time?

# 7 Reevaluate and adjust. Go back periodically and look at your plan. Determine how it’s going. See where the problems are. Keep things moving forward.

What’s been your experience with plans? Have you struggled with this in the past? What will you do differently in the future? Join us in the comments below.

Focus on realistic goals.

Have written timelines to help you reach your goals.


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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. typofi.


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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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