Utilise the 7 P’s of Planning

Goal Setting and Planning

Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to achieve in your business?

If it’s not something you currently do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it for the rest of this calendar year and the one coming up. What can you achieve in these last days of 2022? Have you almost met your income goals? Is a final push or launch in order? Will you jump on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday bandwagon?

Setting aside time to plan and map out what you want to do and what you’d like to achieve in the coming year is crucial to your success. In this article, I want to share some of the planning and goal-setting tips I’ve learned, and what I’ve found to be the most helpful. 

Planning; The Secret to Success?

Let’s start off by looking at why business planning is one path to success. It’s no secret that planning, when you follow through, puts you ahead of the game. You know where you want to go and with a great plan, and daily, weekly, or monthly action steps to follow, you’ll get there.

With three, or realistically six months, of intentional focus, you can set yourself up for many successful years ahead.

Planning allows a few different factors to come into play. The first is efficiency. When you start with the end goal in mind, you can create a system to focus on what’s most important each day. Instead of trying to figure out what you should work on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to break through to the next income level, you know exactly what needs to be done next. 

When you prioritise these goal-related tasks and get them done each day taking a ‘baby steps’ approach, you will reach your goals. 

Creative Thinking…

Setting a big goal in your business helps you to think creatively. Not sure this will work for you? Give it a try.

Map out your ideas, and turn them into plans. Utilise creative thinking to explore all the options available to you.

Decide on a big income goal, or an increase in another measurable statistic in your business, for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it displayed prominently in front of you. Set your goal as the background on your computer or phone screen. Then get to work and start to notice what happens next.

You’ll find yourself getting inspiration from unlikely sources. You’ll come up with creative ways to get more traffic because of a comment you overheard at a networking event. You’ll decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account because you read an inspirational article.

The same happens when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly. Think back to when you were in school or university and a deadline loomed, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You probably found very creative ways to ensure you got everything done.

My 7P’s of Planning

I was reading an article over on the Fresh Business Thinking website and came across their article about the 7P’s of Planning.

The 7P’s is an acronym used (was used?) in the British Army – Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents P*ss Poor Performance or something to that effect. My 7P’s of Planning are slightly different but hopefully achieve a positive outcome nonetheless.

7P’s of Planning

  1. Past – Review what did and didn’t work in previous periods of your business. Take down notes as to any reasons why you think this was the case.
  2. Present – What are your current circumstances? What capacity do you have to add new goals or challenges right now?
  3. Ponder – If time or money weren’t obstacles holding you back, what would your next move be? Why?
  4. Play – Play with new ideas, and write them all down without censoring your thoughts. What new products or services could you come up with if there were no limits?
  5. Process – Work through all of the ideas from step 4. Group them together and see if there is a stand-out option that calls to you.
  6. Plan – Take your idea and plan out how to achieve it. Start at the big picture and use goal setting and creative thinking to work backwards and plot out all the steps you need to take to bring this idea to life.
  7. Persist – Be persistent. Don’t give up. Take baby steps towards your goal each day. Even when it feels like you’re not getting anywhere perseverance to the point of success (or failure) is required if you want to achieve anything and grow.

Mindset Matters

Now, let’s talk about the subconscious. So far we’ve focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals and following through. There’s another dimension to all of this and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy working through our to-do lists, cooking dinner, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards our goals.

Sitting in the background chugging away, our subconscious mind is working towards solving problems, looking for new avenues to make revenue or collaborations that may work for you.

In short, planning and setting goals are important because it helps you grow faster. That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk. 

If you could use some more time in your business so you can undertake an in-depth planning session, contact me via the calendar below to take some of the strain with my VA Services. Available as a one-off service or recurring package to suit your needs.

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