That is if you have actually made a plan. Yep - I know there are some of you out there who are just running by the seat of your pants! Either way keep reading.
So the saying goes, "The best laid plans... always fail". But I'd like to reframe that. It's more like the results don't reflect the way you planned to go. This can be a good thing or a bad thing.
For your business to succeed, staying true to your course is VITAL!
I know there are hundreds of reasons like it increases focus, you’ll have more clarity, you’ll accomplish more, but for today I want to focus on TWO MAJOR REASONS
Stick to your plan because...
1. It helps you know what you will say yes and no to.
When you have the plan and know where you are going, you can easily see where you aren't going. That should be obvious, right?
Well I'll tell you that it's not. I have faced it and so have A LOT of my clients.
No matter what your plan is you will be offered opportunities that could be so enticing that you say yes. But please refer to your plan and ask, ”Does this forward me and my business or just their agenda? It has to be a win-win (at least on some level).
Then ask yourself, “Is there time and space for this?”
If it's a yes to both and it’s just that good to pass up - adjust your plan and then keep trucking on.
2. You need to know where you are.
When you’re sticking to the plan it will be obvious when you hit a milestone. And having measurable milestones are imperative to celebrating. This can be the core of the motivation and momentum for many people.
Then it will also be clear how far you still have to go. When you deviate from the plan it can feel like you are taking the scenic route. The worst part is that many people get lost here. They can even end up further away from their goals than when they started. Which can leave you feeling confused, frustrated or make you even give up.
DISCLAIMER: Hehe! Yes there needs to be a disclaimer. I feel I should say that these reasons are based on you having a plan in the first place that you have spent a bit of time on. That the plan takes into account all areas of life AND that plan is a GREAT plan for you! Not others.
If at any point the previous comments about a plan are not there or the plan isn't working you have permission (and really need) to make changes. Because you then are just swapping out the old plan for a new one. So instead of making it up as you go you are still on YOUR plan.
What now you ask?
Make a plan and stick to it! You’ll benefit in the long run and day-to-day. Double benefits!