You don’t need a perfect plan.
All you need is a plan that’ll work. In fact, has there ever been a perfect plan? As Mike Tyson said, “Yeah, they’ve all got a plan. They all have got a plan to beat me, until they get in the ring and get hit.”
It’s like the plan to win the Iraqi war. Even the Generals said that the planning only lasts until the war starts. From that point on its a matter of adjustments. They were surprised by the resistance. They were surprised by the guerilla warfare. But they weren’t surprised that there were surprises, because they knew that’s how all campaigns go.
Let’s say you’ve got a plan to have a great year.
We call them New Year’s resolutions. Everyone’s got plans, but plans only work if you make adjustments. Plans get you started. Plans get you going. Plans start thing off. Plans can keep you on track.
Don’t be shocked. Your plan is not going to work!
Get over it! Don’t be naive! Don’t be shocked – expect it! Why? Circumstances change. The unexpected occurs. When that happens don’t quit – adjust!
It is the hidden secret. The hidden secret of making plans work is the adjustments you make once the plan is launched. They may be minute to minute, day to day, week to week, but you’ve got to react to surprising things that happen – the ones that could not even be predicted before you launch your project.
So don’t worry about the perfect plan.
All you need is…
- A plan that will work, that will get you off to a good start.
- Willingness to make the adjustments needed until you get there…until you get the job done.