Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail

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It’s #Summer16, and I’m visiting New Orleans for a show my mate was set to perform in. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton on Canal Street, and I was exhausted from a night of fun and travel. So, I stayed behind as he headed to sound check so I could dress for the event. Randomly, I decided to turn on the TV, and the guide displayed one of my favorite TV personalities Ellen is on.

I adore Ellen. She represents freedom and joy, and my heart gets excited when I see her. So I turned to the show, and it happens to be Bieber Week. Justin Bieber comes on, and Ellen asks him, “if you could say one thing to your 16-year-old self what would it be?” His response was “listen.” He said, people around him would advise ways to handle life and business based on their experiences aiming to help him prevent issues they’ve encountered. He stated his 16-year-old self-wanted to allow things to happen in the moment, feel each situation out as they happened and soon realized he would have been better off listening.

His answer stood out to me because often we go through life basing our decisions on a vibe, intuition, and signs. It has been said the easiest way to make God laugh is to tell him your plan. To me, this means to be flexible rather than not planning at all. Faith without work is dead and in this case work is planning and implementation.

Undoubtedly the utmost important factor is to have a plan and create that plan from your own and other individual’s experiences. With YouTube, online libraries and e-courses you can easily find creative ways to work on your dream creating a strategic plan and educating yourself on your industry. Strategic plans give you several options on how you can plan and detail your idea, business or even life.

Resources and tactics to help you plan for success:

Waking up an hour early

Starting your day earlier than normal can give you time to meditate, pray, check emails, regard things you missed the day prior without feeling rushed

Maintain a calendar

Keeping a calendar can organize your day by activity keeping a clear understanding of what you can and cannot fit into your schedule. Your time is extremely valuable and regarding that value starts with you knowing what you are responsible to do on a day to day basis.

A Notepad

Keeping a notepad close and writing down your ideas and details throughout the day can be extremely helpful in keeping a log of important information to regard.

Create a to do list or use a to do list app

Add a to do list so you can gradually chip away at your idea. You be surprised what you can do in 3-6 months adding and delegating tasks to yourself incrementally.

Network

Find a local networking group or meetup that matches your interest and get to know people. Building positive relationship is one of the most important aspects of being successful. Your Network is your Net worth.

Cut unnecessary conversations short

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people. Know what category each conversation falls under and be mindful of your lack in the greatness area and excess in the small and average areas of conversations.

It’s important to look for insight on how to operate your businesses, monetize your dreams and passion so you can enjoy life for a living. There’s no standard way to do anything and I always take the road less traveled to all of my destinations but I use the resources available to make it easier to execute. I suggest in many aspect of life to maintain two things flexibility and a plan. Checking in with yourself and your goals is the most important thing you can do while trying to accomplish anything. Good luck.

– Quyionah Brooklyn Wingfield

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