You don’t want to be a business that is constantly changing and starting new things. Going back to square one at the first sign of trouble does not mean you are flexible and responding, it means you are reactive and lacking a plan. You are letting circumstances dictate your behaviour rather than responding according to your well-thought-out plan.
Remember, it’s always about the plan!
If you have a plan that’s been devised in five minutes, you will always be reactive and you will fail.
But if you have a clear and precise plan, and ensure you are always on the front foot and always proactive and your plan still hasn’t worked, you’ve still executed and learned from that.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit” - Napoloeon Hill
To build a proactive environment you must know your metrics, your numbers, your scoreboard.
What is working?
How do you know?
What evidence do you have?
It’s about brutal truth and making an honest assessment of whether what you are doing is in alignment with your plan.
Even if what you are doing right now seems to be going off track, if you have thought through and executed your plan, there’s always something achieved. There are valuable lessons in failure, as long as your plan accounted for this possibility and you know how to pick up the pieces and keep going with minimum adverse effects.
Only certain people can get through the short-term pain to arrive at the long-term gain. It requires the ability to make – and stick to – the plan.
With the right planning, alignment and commitment, big business success is achievable by anybody.
It’s not about being superhuman, it’s about having feet on the ground. Doing less will get you more.
Power to you!
Stefan Kazakis on 5 May 2018
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