Great plans take time and care. A lot of research goes into putting together a solid plan. It’s because that research accounts for any possibilities.
You anticipate what COULD happen, and make a plan for it. As we all know, life doesn’t go according to plan. But those who are best prepared, can react quickly to unexpected events.
The process of making the plan is where all the magic happens. So when something crazy happens, you can make an immediate and calm decision on what to do next.
This quick decision is what’s called “the pivot”. The point in which it goes according to plan and changes direction. Since you anticipated this, you can shift in a moments notice.
Part of this process is to not just have a plan, but to have a couple of backup plans ready. In the military, it’s called a P.A.C.E. plan. Each letter stands for the next plan. Primary is the first plan, the plan you want to happen. Alternative is the next plan if the Primary doesn’t work out. Contingency plan is the next in line when the first two don’t work. Emergency plan is when everything else fails. It normally doesn’t get to the Emergency plan.
Planning is important, but it’s nothing if you don’t actually implement. You can sit around all your life and strategize what you could do, but if you don’t take action on it, then you’re not better because of it. It was just an idea.
Spend a focused amount of time to create a plan, but use most of your efforts taking action.