Thursday, July 7, 2011


As the saying goes “If you fail to plan you plan to fail”.

The question I would like to ask of you is
“Are you investing some time in planning each week?”

Planning helps to set you up for success. So many times people fail to achieve what they want in life due to an absence or lack of adequate planning.

Planning is a worthwhile investment of your time. It is important to make time for it. A small amount of time spent planning can assist you in being more effective with your time and can help you to achieve better outcomes in your life.

Planning helps you to become the creator of your life. It allows you to come up with deliberate strategies/approaches to achieve the outcomes that you want. Your life only happens once so give yourself the time to plan how you want to live and experience it.

Planning keeps you focused on what actions you need to be taking. It provides you with a step by step guide to follow.

Planning can help you to identify potential challenges and can allow you to come up with a contingency of options available to you to help you overcome these challenges.

Planning also helps you to formulate new ideas and ways of doing things. It gives you space to be creative.

Most importantly with planning is implementing the plan. Once you have decided on a plan put it in to practice. Good intentions are not going to help you.

As you implement your plan review your progress on a regular basis and make any necessary adjustments to your plan to achieve the preferred outcomes you want.

There are many tools available to assist you with planning. Search on the Internet and you will find templates and software that can assist you with your planning. Office supply retailers will also have planning resources.

You can create plans for various aspects of your life e.g. Health, Finances, Career, Business, Relationships, Spiritual, Emotions, Time Management etc.

Make time for planning and you will reap the many benefits of doing so.

Author: Steve Decker – Life Management & Success Coach

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