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The Power of Organized Planning
The Power of Organized Planning
Planning involves deciding in detail on how to do something and the expected outcome before you actually do. There is magic and power in planning...! Growing a business doesn't happen by accident. In addition to the time, sweat and tears that go into building a business from the ground up, it takes a considerable amount of planning to ensure you stay on the path to success.

Most people understand the importance of planning, which is why individuals at all levels in an organization tend to be more comfortable when there is a plan in place because it reminds them of their goal. A plan provides the course of action to take and helps them get there in the most straightforward way.

Napoleon Hill in his book, Think and Grow Rich, speaks of the need for organized planning, Every noteworthy or great accomplishment came about because there was a plan. Here, we shall highlight the importance of haveing concrete written goals that are in harmony with one's chosen purpose and/or ideals.

Knowing where you are going and why you have selected that destination is vital to determining your path and each step along the way.

Goals are not vague aspirations like, "I want to be rich." They are concrete, defined steps in the fulfillment of your personal vision or purpose. They are a specific plan. I am always amazed by how many people continue to refuse (through laziness or a lack of belief in the necessity) to have clear, concise, written goals, despite being presented again and again with the evidence that those who do have written goals succeed and those who do not, do not.

There have been many studies about the effectiveness of having written goals. They invariably show the same results. 95% of people who have (and daily refer to) written goals end up accomplishing them. 95% of people who do not have written goals, do not accomplish much of anything.

If you read this article and not have begun the process of having written goals by the time you go to bed tonight, you should know that you are choosing failure. Businesses that succeed have a business plan.

As said earlier, there is magic and power in planning. Start planning today. A basic plan should answer the following questions:

1. Where am I now?
2. Where do I want to go?
3. What steps will I take to get there?
4. How long will it take me to get there?

When once these questions are answered, you are right on track to success.

The business of life also requires a plan. When you have a plan, you know what you are about; you know when you are on (or off) track; you can measure your progress; you can tell others who might enroll in your vision what it is that needs doing; you can provide leadership to all those who enroll in your plan;

Importance of Planning
Listed here are some importance of planning, they are;

1. Planning guide and direct your behaviour.

2. Planning provide clarity.

3. Planning provide challenges and standards.

4. Planning reflect what the goal setters consider important.

5. Planning help improve performance.

6. Planning increase the motivation to achieve.

7. Planning help increase pride and satisfaction in one’s achievements.

9. Planning improve self-confidence.

10. Planning help decrease negative attitude.

Here are some notable quotes on planning for your consumption,

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
By Benjamin Franklin

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
By Abraham Lincoln

“When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable.”
By Steve Maraboli

"If you don’t know exactly where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”
By Steve Maraboli

"If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”
By Yogi Berra

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”
By Peter F. Drucker

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
By John F. Kennedy [State of the Union Address, January 11, 1962]

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