It's Time to Take Massive Action! Pt.1
Part 1: Elements of a Great Plan
It’s time to take massive action to create the kind of success that you want for yourself and your business. God always gives the increase provided we do our part. Benjamin Franklin knew this when he wrote “God helps those who help themselves.” If you plant, nature will do its part and God will provide the increase whether your crop be corn, copper, commodities or cash. I can’t help however notice that the base word for “planted” is “plan.” God provides water in the wasteland. The way we put that water to work creating wealth in the wilderness is by the development and implementation of a plan.
There’s an old saying that luck may visit the house of a fool, however it will never sit down for a long stay. That’s because a foolish person doesn’t make plans and nothing worthwhile ever happens without a plan. Sun Tzu, the great Chinese genius of warfare, said, “All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, however what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” He’s telling us that there are two basic types of plans:
- Strategic planning is the big picture. It’s the development of an overall plan to achieve the broad objectives necessary to reach a specific large scale goal.
- Tactical planning is directed to the many smaller tasks necessary to achieve the larger goal. Many tactical plans focused on smaller elements of the overall strategy are employed. Note that the tactical goal can probably be broken down further into many other, smaller goals.
I’ve read that 94 percent of failure is directly attributable to the system and not the people who work in and for that system. That’s a staggering statistic and a plea for careful planning if I’ve ever heard one. A system is nothing more than a plan in action, so plan on planning it right.
ELEMENTS OF A PLAN
Your journey from zero to wealth requires a strategic plan. Major tactical challenges within the overall plan will also need to be addressed. Plans are essential tools for the journey. Even if your new venture is in a business with which you are totally familiar, you’re still heading into new territory. Seneca said, “When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” Absolutely! Regardless of your skills, experience, knowledge, capitalization, resources, or list of potential clients, without a plan you could end up lost. Instead of making for a safe and profitable goal.
You’ll need a well-considered, well-drafted plan for two reasons: direction and financing. A plan provides direction for an organization by setting out achievable goals with benchmarks along the way to measure your progress. It will keep you focused on the ultimate goal when challenges, obstacles and opportunities tend to draw you away from your true course. Also, to build your business you need more capital. You’re bankers and/or investors will insist upon a complete business plan before even considering financing your proposal.
Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us, “Honor the Lord with thy substance…So shall thy barns be filled with plenty.” As noted in the previous chapter, God provides. However you’ve got to have that barn up in the first place before you can store any of God’s bounty in it. You’ve got to be ready to receive God’s bounty and that means you have to have a plan.
Remember that what I am talking about is a system, and once you have a system in place, you will be able to duplicate it and expand locations by following the system that you have created. The best businesses in the country have created a proven system that they follow specifically and to the point. The moment that they don’t, is when they start losing revenue, and good people. Because of this, I want to continue this subject in my next article, so that you can have the kind of success that you are looking for.
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