Success is not a onetime event. You cannot set it and forget it. Success is a mindset and it is developed by years of planning, working, assessing, planning, working, assessing, etc. In order to be successful at anything you have to have a plan, work your plan and assess your plan. I don’t ever go to trial without a plan. In fact, the plan begins when I meet with the client, we begin planning from day one. We may have to modify the plan as information develops, but we do not fly by the seat of our pants, and neither should you. So, here are a few thoughts.
1. Start with a Plan – Most people do not plan to fail, they just fail to plan. Studies have shown that people, who have a savings plan with a specific goal in mind, tend to save more than people who just put money away. Why? Because having a plan gives you something to wrap your head around, it keeps you focused. It makes giving up that Starbucks on Fridays easier because you are not depriving yourself, but rather working toward something. It’s all in the way you look at it.
2. Work Your Plan – It is not enough to have a plan; you have to work your plan. If you create a business plan or a savings plan and then put it in a drawer, the plan will not jump out of the drawer and go to work on its own. “You” have to do the work. Put specific action items in your plan that you believe will help you get one step closer to your desired goal. Each action item should be consistent with the overall goal of the plan.
3. Asses Your Plan – Review your plan regularly so that you can determine what you need to do in order to make the plan work. If you’re not assessing, you’re just guessing! You have to assess and reassess over and over and over. Why? To make sure that the plan you created is getting you to where you want to be. If it is, great! If it is not, then you may need to tweak your plan or scrap it and start all over. Don’t just have a plan for the sake of having a plan. Likewise, don’t just work a plan for the sake of working. Make sure the plan you create is getting you where you want to be.
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