Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal

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Planning is a conscious effort made to increase the validity, efficiency of a process. It is the act of preparing, and consequently, controlling future conditions as well as future consequences of our present actions. The more outcomes taken into consideration the more successful one is at creating a good plan. It is a future oriented process designed to mitigate risk and maximise output. It is also a rational choice based on the utilisation of existing knowledge, and as such, any successful venture must have involved a delicate planning process at the beginning stages.

The importance of planning in our daily endeavours cannot be overemphasised. By preparing ahead of time, we reduce the probability of being held back by "unforeseen circumstances". This is because planning helps us deploy intelligence on existing phenomenon as well as experience on past occurrences to predict future consequences.

A plan is only as good as its execution. Without execution a plan is just a wish. Click To Tweet

How many times have you failed to achieve a goal or complete a task, giving the usual excuse: "I don't have enough time"? The truth is, you probably did, however because you did not plan your time, failure was inevitable. What is that goal that you want to achieve? Start planning now and you won't be sorry. Is it a novel you don't seem quite able to finish? Why don't you commit to a plan of writing a specific number of pages per day. Highlight those free periods in your schedule and make them useful. To paraphrase Stephen R. Covey, "Wars are not won on battlefields, wars are won in the general's tent". Planning is necessary in all areas of life. It is important to remember that the more effort you put into it, the less likely you are to fail.

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However, planning itself is nothing without execution. As the popular saying goes; "You don't win the lottery unless you buy the ticket". A plan is useless if it is not executed efficiently. Margaret Thatcher said, "Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan". A plan is only as good as its execution, without execution a plan is just a wish. You must plan your execution and execute your plan, with the same efficiency.

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In other words, execution is doing something successfully; that is, using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it. Therefore it is evident that planning and execution complement one another, and if utilised effectively, virtually guarantee success in any venture. It was Cornelius Fichtner that said; "Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal." What that implies is that one without the other is the blueprint for failure. So why not start planning for your future today? Set clear goals, create a plan to achieve them, and execute your plan.

Question: What is your biggest challenge with planning and execution? Share with us in the comments.

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