You know planning is important, but you’ve done OK so far without trying to plan everything. Besides, you want to make plans—you just haven’t got around to it. Who has time for planning a plan? Sound familiar? However you define success, how important is it to you? I challenge you to choose any successful person, in any field, and research their strategy for achieving their desired results—for getting what they wanted. You’ll discover planning was one of the keys to their success.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” ― Benjamin Franklin

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”Yogi Berra

In today’s world, most people complain there aren’t enough hours in the day. At work, it’s easy to spend too much time on unimportant, seemingly urgent, matters and put off the important activities, those which help you reach your goals. Or you squander time waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen. The answer is—make a plan of activities, work them, and learn from them.

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

 “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
― Warren Buffett

Making time to plan isn’t nuisance or a chore. It’s what gives you direction. Plans and activities seldom provide instant gratification. What they provide is a roadmap, granted, it may be full of wrong turns, but those are opportunities to learn. Learning from your mistakes puts you closer to your desired destination.

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” ― Peter Drucker

“Plan Your Work For Today And Every Day, Then Work Your Plan.”  ― Norman Vincent Peale

Making a plan isn’t where planning ends. Plans based on activities will affect change—planning without action is only a wish or a hope. If you don’t have a plan, you aren’t in control of your own destiny. A plan is an essential ingredient to success.

Taking the time to plan isn’t a time waster; on the contrary it may be THE most effective use of time. Rather than squandering time on things, which don’t help you reach your goals, or waiting for success to mysteriously happen, make time to plan. Planning is your map and without it—you’re lost. Are you a planner, how important is planning to your success?

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