A GOOD PLAN NEEDS ACTION
American General George S. Patton, the great World War II General, knew how important planning was. The leader of thousands of men fighting important battles during the war had to plan and plan well. However, General Patton knew that sometimes you can’t plan for everything. Sometimes, developing a perfect plan takes more time than you have available. Sometimes it’s more important to have a good plan that you execute now. This is certainly true in war and it is also true in business.
This is also true: Done Is Better Than Perfect. It is more important to take the step! To do what needs to be done. It’s better to complete your goals than to have a perfect plan.
Then there is this: 90% Of Research Is Procrastination. You have to plan, you have do the research and analysis to find the basic understanding of what the path is and the steps required for that path. But, you must not overdo the planning and research before you act.
Way too many people use so called “planning and research” to delay their acting on their goals. We all do this at times. But here’s the deal. When you have the plan, when you have The What, The Why and the How, then you must ACT!
Go Out Today and Act Now! Define the What, Understand Your Why, Create The How and then Do!
By the way, Patton also said this: “Never tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Get your people, your employees and co-workers, to think and plan their own HOW. This makes them take responsibility. This makes them act like leaders. You want a lot of that from your people.
Patton also said this. “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” You want input from your people, but you don’t just want everyone to think the same thing. You want innovation, creativity, uniqueness. That is where genius resides.