Business Planning For Success
Mindset Mastery – Part 2
Fail to plan and you plan to fail. No doubt you’ve heard that expression before and it’s true. You wouldn’t leave home to go somewhere you haven’t been before without a sat nav or at the least a road map. That’s why it’s so important to have a business plan.
So, if you’ve not yet got a business plan in place, start thinking about what you want from your business and map out a plan for your business project. There are of course many aspects to running a successful business and a good business plan provides an overview with both short and long term goals and a more detailed step by step action plan for each project or task. What’s the next step you need to take? If you don’t know what the next step is, then your next step is to find out what comes next. Perhaps you need a coach or a mentor who can teach you the steps or guide the way?
When you complete the first step, what do you do next? What do you do after that? Coming up with a game plan is simple. All you do is list the steps you must take in order. You can tweak and improve your plan as you receive feedback on what is and isn’t working. The first draft of your plan, therefore, is a preliminary list of steps to your success.
For example, let’s say you’re setting up a new business or thinking about developing a new product/service in your business. Your action plan might look something like this:
- Identify a passionate and profitable niche.
- Get clear on your offer/products/services
- Write some fabulous compelling sales copy
- Identify effective marketing strategy and systems (social media, shopping cart, affiliates, speaking, networking)
- Launch your product/services
- Sell your product/services
- Deliver your product/services
- Rinse and Repeat.
Once you have a plan in place, that plan will be your tour guide to the destination you’re seeking to reach.
“A good plan is like a road map; it shows the
final destination and, usually, the best way to get there.”
– H. Stanley Judd
Sometimes, the best way to lay out a roadmap is simply to brainstorm and write down ideas for possible tasks as fast as you can. You can always edit the list later. Whatever you decide to do, write your list quickly and then get started on the first task. Your task list and plan will evolve as you progress toward your goal, gather feedback on your progress, and learn from others.
Why waste time making mistakes, when you can learn from others who’ve gone before you?
Stay focused and determined to find solutions to your challenges. Find out how others have succeeded and you’ll be well on your way. Business is much more fun and when you have support of a coach or mentor on your team and will keep you focused on achieving the results you want. Whether you succeed or fail is entirely up to you. Often, you have far more ability and creativity inside of you than you think. Even when you lack these things, someone else who has already succeeded can show you the steps and strategies you need.
Your success awaits, what are you waiting for?
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