What’s next? The Plan

You’ve got at least 5 goals written down now. Pick one and make a plan to achieve it. You’re not ready to put the plan into action yet. Just lay out a good plan to get you where you want to go.

Just writing everything down will get you half way to your goal. Writing is so underrated. So many successful people have told us how they did it, and invariably it starts with writing their goals down and writing out a plan. 

Why write a plan if  it’s all wrong?

Plans are never right. You’ll never have the right plan. No matter how much foresight you have, you can’t possibly have the right plan the first time. So why write down your plan at all? What’s the use if it going to be the wrong plan? Well, the reason for writing down your plan is to get you started. A plan is just a starting point. It gets you out of the starting gate. And that’s all you need. 

What if you wanted the first plan to be perfect? It would take a long time to plan it. You’d have to foresee every obstacle, know every cost, understand your target audience perfectly, forecast the economic market, and on and on. Who can do that? No one can, I don’t care how good they are. If you put too much effort into your plan, it is likely to stall and be laid aside, maybe never to be seen again. 

But if you plan just enough to get you started, you’ll find out soon enough the flaws in your plan and make corrections. And each revision of your plan will get better and better. I’m always reminded of an interview I came across with a down hill racer. These gals go downhill at over 60 miles per hour, cutting right and left through the slalom course, over rough snow and in terrible weather conditions. The interviewer remarked how she always looked so balanced and composed, to which she quickly replied, “I’m not balanced at all. I’m never really balanced. I just make very quick adjustments each time I’m off balance, and that’s how I make it down the slope.” 

And that’s how your plan is going to work. Don’t expect to be perfectly “balanced” when you leave the starting gate. Just make quick corrections to your plan and soon enough you’ll arrive at your goal.

Quick corrections will keep you on course

As an example, let’s look at a possible plan for starting a handyman division in your remodeling company. First state your goal.

My Goal – to start a handyman division in my design-then-build remodeling company. 

I like to use mind maps to lay out plans like these. But you can use whatever you want. A simple outliner of text editor will do. Start your plan by answering some of these questions:

  • Will the handyman division be a subsidiary company or part of the overall business?
  • If it’s separate, name the company.
  • How many additional employees will be needed?
  • How many additional trucks and tools will be needed?
  • Will it take additional staff to answer the phone and manage the logistics?
  • How much more money will be needed for the initial start-up?
  • Will my marketing methods change? Will I need to use additional and/or different marketing mediums?
  • What is my target market?
  • How will I train my new staff, or my existing staff? Who will train them?

Answer those questions the best you can. Add additional details. Assess whether the plan is feasible. And then get started. There’s hundreds of additional details, but get the basics down, and give it a go. 

Almost there

Your goal may be to take two months off each year. Or make an additional $100,000 next year. Each of these require planning. You need to get specific about your intentions, and then start working towards the ultimate goal. If you’ll take this second step seriously, you can get whatever you want. 

Next week – Implementing your plans

You’ve written 5 goals. You review them each morning and night. You have a written plan for each one. You know what you have to do to get there. The next step is to implement. Get ‘er done. And that is the hardest one, no doubt. But your chances of successfully reaching your goals are much greater now that you took the first two steps. The goals are more clear, more attainable, and are now within your reach. 

Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall

This article was written by Randall Soules, remodeling coach, adviser, educator, and creator of the Scientific Remodeling System, showing you better ways to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life, through the use of superior remodeling processes. If you would like to discover better ways to run your business, click here. He also provides his uniquely customized one-on-one coaching to a select group of contractors. Feel free to contact Randall at Randall@scientificremodelingsystem.com.

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