Our big dream is that things just magically work out perfectly and we are successful and financially independent overnight. It might be possible, but it is definitely an exception!
Many people have ideas and thoughts for years before they start planning. Having a plan is the best way to reduce risks. It does not guarantee that everything works out, but the chances are high.
A plan is the beginning of something big!
Do you have the dream of starting something? Do you want to build up a business and live the life of an entrepreneur? Everything starts with a plan! Just running after an idea and not doing any preparation is the fastest way to be taken down.
Be creative AND realistic
Planning is finding a balance between creativity and a clear view of reality. It is a thin line between the two aspects. Ignoring one or another might make the plan fail. To make things happen phantasy and creativity are needed and at the same time, the plan must be tested at its achievability.
Have a second opinion
Don’t get lost in your own wheel of thoughts. Making plans, it easily happens that we get blinded. We don’t see the impasse or the challenge. Here it is important to ask someone to have a look at the plan! The second pair of eyes might see something that has been hidden before. It also helps to get a new perspective.
A plan is not a one-hour thing. Same as success, it needs time. Sometimes it goes faster and sometimes it seems like it takes forever. It is essential to not put pressure on finishing a plan as quickly as possible. A proper plan takes time
Start with your goals
What is your goal? Do you have a clear vision for what you aim?
The first step of a plan is to set the goals! They must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Knowing how the result should look like the path can be prepared and planned.
The goals might seem unachievable at first but breaking them down into intermediate goals allows you to go step by step closer to the big dream.
Be flexible and review your plan regularly
One of the biggest mistakes happening a lot is the belief that once a plan is done only action is needed. The truth is that the plan must be reviewed regularly. Does the plan bring you to where you want to go? Does the plan have to be changed to reach the goal?
A plan is not engraved in stone. It is a flexible concept, that should be able to be changed at any point.
Having a plan is a push for self-confidence and awareness, increases the focus, and allows us to improve productivity and efficiency.