Ever run into some trouble caused by a lack of planning?
We all have.
Whether it’s in the office and a project falling to pieces, at home at a party where nothing seems to go right, or on a vacation when you run into one hiccup after another.
Now planning isn’t something magical that ensures problems don’t occur, but if done right, problems are kept to a minimum.
That’s why people spend hours upon hours scouring the Internet on our next trip to Cancun to make sure we get everything just right. It’s also why people sit in front of their computer searching for information on a home theater system as they want to get just the right one.
However, at the same time, every few of us spend any time really preparing for our future.
Our lives, the most valuable thing we have, seem to have little, if any, planning involved.
Most of us jump around from one thing to another without much thought. In many ways we’re at the mercy of what goes on around us.
Brian Tracy, the personal and professional development trainer, once said that for every minute spent planning, we save 10 to 12 minutes.
Now that’s what I call a good investment, don’t you?
So if it’s that valuable, why aren’t most of us doing it?
For some reason, we have become a culture obsessed with taking action rather than planning. It’s almost as if people view us as wasting time when we are simply planning.
It’s true what Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
So whether it’s our business, our relationships, our health, our money or our lives, we’d be well advised to put some time into planning.