Getting Clear : Priorities

by lorikoop

in Mountain Views News

Create something special . . .

(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published Aug 24, 2013)

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A. A. Milne

Imagine arriving in a foreign country without a written plan or map. Where would you go? What would you do? You’d certainly waste a lot of time wandering around, trying to make sense of things and find your way. And chances are good that you would run out of time before you got to see all the things you really came to see.

An itinerary requires upfront work, but it streamlines the effort when you arrive so that you can get to see everything. That’s why you came, right?!! It gives focus to the limited time you have. And identifies clearly the steps you will take to get to your destinations.

Many people start their businesses with little more than an impassioned idea and the determination to “make it work.” With the internet, it’s easy to jump in — anyone can do it. Personally, I LOVE that! But just because you can be in business doesn’t mean you know how to do business. After a few wrong turns and miscalculations, it’s obvious how easy it is to waste time.

A business plan is like an itinerary: it gives clear and organized information about where you want to go, and the steps you plan to take to get there. It considers carefully the best, most efficient use of your time. It maps out how your big vision will become a reality and provides clear directions.

There are many ways to create a business plan. Just google “business plan.” Find the method that speaks to you. The key is to DO IT! Not just wish for it. Decide where you will go and what you will do. Put it in writing so you don’t forget. Or get lost.

For the sake of your business, make a plan… a plan to succeed!

P.S. For those who cringe at the dry, traditional methods, there is another way. I teach a visual approach called the Right Brain Business Plan. It invites the imaginative, right brain into the process. You create a VISUAL MAP with words and pictures.

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