Proverbs 21:5

“The plans of the diligent surely lead to profit; and everyone who is hasty surely rushes to poverty.” (Pro 21:5 NASB)

The old adage goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Is it a cliché, yes, but it is nonetheless true, and the Scriptures agree. I have seen many business plans that have been so long and so complex that they are rendered useless. They go straight in someone’s bottom drawer, only to see the light of day at the next ‘strategic review.’ 

Planning in its purest sense is clearly identifying what you want to look like in the future. Take a view—say three years hence—and very clearly, and more importantly, demonstrably and empirically, write down in the simplest measurable terms what your business should look like. Then work out the simple steps to get there, and ensure your people are empowered to deliver their piece.

Quick Prayer: Lord, help me to plan, and as I commit these plans to You, bring them to pass according to Your Word. Thank You and amen.

From 7 Proverbs for Leaders by Mark Biltom

5 C’s of an effective plan

An effective plan needs 5 C’s

  1. CLEAR – It needs to be clear. The objectives, responsibilities, roles and goals need to be clearly identified.
  2. CONCISE – Don’t pontificate too much. Make it simple as possible. Try to get it written to fit on one page. Direct and focused!
  3. COMPELLING – It needs to be exciting and connect to your WHY, your great purpose then you will always be motivated.
  4. CONSISTENT – Repetition and steadiness win the battle. Just let water sit overnight and it can soften a lot of hard stuff because it is consistent. Stead and consistent behaviour creates habit. Make them good ones.
  5. COMMITTED – Any significant endeavor requires unwavering commitment