Prompt Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Benjamin Franklin said ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’ A goal without a plan is a mere wish. Planning is extremely important to succeed in any aspect of life.
One of the major reasons why businesses fail is lack of planning or poor planning. As a business, you must plan your income and expenditure, this is called Budgeting. Regardless of the size of your business, have a budget. It helps to manage your resources most efficiently. Create time for strategic planning. At least, every business should have a strategy session once a year. And our plans should take all things into consideration, market, product, competition, pricing, government policies, and all. Don’t take anything for granted. J. R. R Tolkien said ‘It does not do to leave a live dragon out of consideration, if you live near one.’
In your personal life, you must plan making use of budgets, personal retreats and self evaluation methods. Don’t run your life by chance and expect a miracle. The greatest undoing of the black man is believing prophecies without commensurate planning and actions. Nothing happens by chance!
As a nation, we will keep struggling as long as we take planning lightly. We spend halfway into the year before we pass our budget and we expect to be a successful nation! How? The Senate just passed the 2016 budget yesterday when a quarter of the year is gone, I just don’t get it! We need to become more serious and discipline as a nation if we are to stand shoulder to shoulder with developed economies.
Take planning serious. Learn project management, Africans are too poor in managing projects. This project called ‘Africa’ must not fail, we have got to plan!
God bless us all.
Good morning Africa!
Good morning Nigeria!