When you’re an ambitious growing business it’s natural to want everything to happen RIGHT NOW, but sometimes it’s better to have only the answers you need NEXT to make sure you’re not missing a step.
Now, that’s not to say you don’t want long-term plans, but it would be somewhat ambitious (code for ‘daft’) to do everything right now and expect you could have every single step along the way detailed from day one. There will always be ‘adaptations’ you’ll need to make along the way. So rather than try and imagine every outcome NOW, why not outline the plan and then add to your ideas as you work through with each next step.
Having an outline where you’ve worked back from the ‘big outcome’ makes sense, but keep the minutiae real time. When you start a project or plan your marketing, for example, you will want to know the big pieces, like: What’s the result you want? How will you know when you’ve reached this result? How long do you have? What resources do you have? BUT what you don’t need to have is every single teeny tiny detail RIGHT NOW.
Every day/week/month (depending on the plan) check in with what you need NEXT to take the next step to the big outcome as detailed on your plan.
There may well be something new, or something you learn along the way, which will mean your next step is better than you could have planned for at the beginning.
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