I was driving along in my car the other day, and the guys that were running the show on the radio were talking about the length of time a woman will spend planning a night out on the weekend... They said a woman will spend, on average, 72 hours planning things like shoes, makeup, dresses, handbags, etc., etc., etc.
And it got me thinking that we’d spend three days thinking about what we’re going to do on a Saturday night, and how many of you are putting that much effort into planning your business? When you think about it, if we put three days every week or every fortnight or even every month just planning what was going to happen in our business, where would your business be?
You see, the the biggest challenge I see is most people don’t have plans. And the problem with that is, if you don’t have a plan, where are you going? I think that business coaching will help you put a plan together and I’m not talking about big business plans, by the way. I see people putting together these huge, big, thick compendiums with all this stuff in them that they’re never going to look at anyways. It’s just going to collect dust.
What I’m talking about is having a very succinct action plan
‘Here are the things I need to do to get the results that I want.’ Are you putting those things into place in your business? Don’t think for a minute that you don’t need a plan. You may have gotten to where you’ve got without a plan, but let me ask you this: do you think what got you to where you are now will get you to where you need to be or want to be? I doubt it.
Now the reality is if you think or are naive enough to get away without a plan, well good for you. Good luck. Because the likelihood is you’ll be one of the 8 out of 10 that just won’t make it. You may have survived for 10, 15 years without a plan, but you’ll never, ever thrive.
Here’s what my message is to you
If you’re struggling with planning, if you’re not sure how to put a plan together for you and your business, then maybe what you need is to have a chat with one of our business coaches. Business coaching can help you with your planning. Business coaching is fast becoming the norm for people that are successful in business ownership. Think about the fact that these people are building businesses everyday for a living. If you want help with your business, then it’s probably the way to go.
Fail to plan, you plan to fail! You’ve probably heard it again and again and again. Let’s hope you don’t do it yourself.
About the Author
Ben Fewtrell is a sought-after Business Coach, Keynote Speaker and trainer who has featured in Virgin’s Inflight Magazine and Entertainment Portal, SKY Business and “Secrets of Top Business Builders Exposed”. He is also the host of the popular Business Brain Food Podcast where he interviews leading experts on anything and everything business.