Updated: Mar 2
Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do in your business?
If it’s not something you currently do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it from now on.
For many years I was spinning that hamster wheel, not knowing where to start or what to do next...with zero plan or any kind of structure.
I had big goals but absolutely no idea how to get there!
I was constantly feeling so anxious and overwhelmed because I wasn't moving forward, and when this happens, you end up living from month to month, hoping for the best!
Setting aside time at the end of the month or the end of each year to plan out what I want to do and, more importantly, what growth I want to achieve has been crucial to my own success.
Over the next 7 days, I want to share with you some of what I’ve learned and what I’ve found helpful.
Let’s start by taking a look at why business planning is “The Secret” to success.
There are a few different factors that come into play here:
The first is efficiency.
When you go in with a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to break through to the next income level, you know exactly what needs to come next.
As we explore in a future post, with a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to walk backward to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists.
Work on what needs to get done each day, and you will reach your goals.
Next, setting a goal for yourself helps you think outside the box.
Decide on an income goal for the coming month.
Write it down.
Keep it in front of you.
Then get to work and start to notice what happens next. You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before.
You come up with creative ways to get more traffic.
You might decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account.
The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly.
Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying and cleaning, respectively.
Last but not least, let’s talk about the subconscious.
So far, we’ve been focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals, and following through.
There’s another dimension to all this, and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind.
While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well.
In short, planning and setting goals is super important because it helps you grow faster. That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.
* I do hope you take something away from this post today. Be sure to check in over the next day or two for another tip and challenge prompt.
And if you know someone that would benefit from this, let them know about it and send them over.
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