The Ten Priorities; Priority #5: Guessing

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What’s the most important question to ask yourself every day?

This is the fifth post in the series of The Ten Priorities: Laying the Foundations for a Great Business and Life. The fifth Priority is about Planning.  The introduction to this series on The Ten Priorities is here.

Nothing of value was ever achieved by humans without a plan.

This is a fact

A business without a plan achieves everything in it

Yet planning is guessing, right? Nobody can know what tomorrow is actually going to look like, all we can do is guess.

That’s planning: We’re at point A, and we want to get to point B by date X. There are many routes to point B, so knowing what we know about today and given what we expect the world to look like tomorrow, what do we guess is the best route to get to point B by X?

Tomorrow the world changes

But tomorrow the world is a different place. Tomorrow it might snow along the route we’d planned to take to point B, and we must change the route.

That’s the secret about planning: Planning is something we must do again every day. When realities change, we must change our plans right along with them. (more about Planning here).

The most effective leaders have already thought about the possibility of snow along the chosen route, long before the snow actually appears, and they’ve already worked out how to change the route to point B in that eventuality.

Business owners who build great businesses, constantly ask themselves:

What if?

They ask themselves: “We’ve got a plan, based on certain assumptions… But… What if… any one of those assumptions turns out to be wrong, what do we do instead?”

When you learn to ask, “What if?”, all the time, you’ll respond quickly and appropriately to the changing realities and keep your business moving forward… I promise you

Next week, Priority #6: Asking for Help

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