When it comes to growing your business, knowing where to even start can sometimes be the hardest step. One easily identifiable step is having a plan. So on a scale of one to ten, how does your business rank for growth preparedness?
- Executive decisions are made by the hour. It’s hard to know what will pop up by the end of the day.
- There are a couple of goals for each day, but a lot still comes up unplanned.
- Most of the day is scheduled with the rest open to changes.
- Daily targets are met with time left to prepare the following day’s objectives.
- Weekly tasks are outlined in successive order. Only a handful of occurrences are unaccounted for.
- Monthly missions are met with random tasks only occurring on a small daily scale.
- Quarterly objectives are planned months in advance with flexibility to account for unexpected snags.
- Yearly objectives are planned months in advance, with regular checks to ensure targets are on track.
- Yearly action-plans are made months in advance with variables identified and back up plans created.
- Ten-year goals are made with little or no unintentional occurrences.
Clearly, you’re not at 10 – and if you think you are, then you might want to take a closer look at your assessment. No matter how strategic your planning may be, there will always be variables. To successfully scale your business, you need a certain level of flexibility to take the necessary steps and get back on track when things go awry.
Holding on to a plan while the course completely changes is like holding on to a cinder block while on a sinking ship. On the other hand, changing course to ride out every single wave and losing focus of your destination is like sailing without a compass or even identifying which is the North Star (hint: it’s that big bright one ahead).
No matter where you’re at in your planning stage, be sure to keep your long-term plans, with regular re-assessments and a healthy attitude toward change so you can survive the daily challenges of growing your company.
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