You DO have a plan, right?

If you're anything like me, a great idea flies into your head, and then departs just as swiftly. If you're lucky, you wrote it down on a scrap of paper while you had it. I had pads and pads of such ideas, but you know what?  They never got implemented.

I thought of GREAT ideas during the slower part of the year that never got implemented during the busy season because I just couldn't seem to find the time to flesh out the idea, or put the process into practice.

Napolean Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, famously said, "Plan your work and work your plan."

Is it just this easy?  YUP.

Sometimes, a guy with a truck and some tools keeps getting more jobs until he is inadvertently running a business.  Did he plan for that? Maybe, maybe not. The point is, if you want to run your business as opposed to your business running you, You MUST "plan your work and work your plan".

You make plans for so many other things in your life: a vacation, a baby, weight loss, a wedding, buying a house, retirement, eating healthier, changing careers, buying a car. It seems foolish not to plan for one of the mainstays of your life, your business. And it is.

"OK, then what exactly should I plan for?"

Well, you need to make financial plans, business succession plans, growth plans, hiring plans, an exit strategy, policies & procedures, software plans, organization charts, and more! THIS IS CRITICAL: you need to make time to work ON your business and not just IN your business. If you do the planning, you will own your business; if not, your business owns you.

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