Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do to achieve success in business?
Or do you just kind of go with the flow and do things as you feel like it?
If making a plan isn’t something you regularly do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it!
Setting aside time to plan out what you want to do and what growth you want to achieve is crucial to your success. This is something you should do for each month, each quarter, and each year.
Over the next seven days, I want to share some of what I’ve learned and what I’ve found helpful with you.
Why planning is essential for success in business
Let’s start off by taking a look at why business planning is “the secret” to success. There are a few different factors that come into play here.
You may already experience some of these and not even realize they’re a product of good planning, but the more you plan, the more you’ll see these occurring in your life.
The first is efficiency. When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important.
Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, think about what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel or what you need to do to break through to the next income level.
You know exactly what needs to come next.
As we’ll explore in a future post, with a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to walk backward to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists. Work on what needs to get done each day and you’ll be able to reach your goals.
Next, setting a big goal for yourself inspires out-of-the-box thinking. If you don’t believe me, just try it!
Decide on a big income goal for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it in front of you. Then get to work and start to notice what happens next.
- You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before.
- You come up with creative ways to get more traffic.
- You decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account.
The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly.
Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying or cleaning respectively.
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” — Japanese Proverb Do you set goals for yourself and your business? You probably find yourself struggling to stay on task, hopping from one thing to the next if you don’t. You also might feel like your progress has become stagnant. Maybe you’ve […]
Stimulating Your Subconscious
Last but not least, let’s talk about your subconscious. So far, we’ve been focused on what we’re actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals, and following through.
There’s another dimension to all this and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well.
For example, you may come to a particular part of your plan and can’t think of a good solution right away. However, you just might have a spark of inspiration while you’re in the shower the next day while you’re subconsciously running through your plans for the day.
I’m sure you’ve heard someone mention that they come up with their best ideas in the shower before. Maybe you have yourself!
So what’s next?
Planning and setting goals is important because it helps your business grow faster. That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.
Try making a simple daily plan for a week and see how it affects your productivity. Once you’re comfortable with that, you can start getting more detailed with your plans.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the tasks of everyday life, especially if you don’t have any easy way of organizing them. Aside from a frazzled mental state, that stack of notes by the phone or stuck to the fridge could be the reason you’re late or forgot that ingredient you absolutely needed to […]
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