Principles of Planning-4

Luke 14:28 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?” (MSG)
Acts 2:23 “God had already planned and decided that Jesus would be handed over to you…” (CEV)
3. The steps: Luke 15:18 “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee…”
I love the story of the prodigal son and we can bring out a thousand and one lessons from it. However, what struck me as i was writing this piece is the way he meticulously planned his way out of poverty back into wealth and riches. Guess we will discuss that in subsequent Lift series but for today let’s take a look at how he planned his steps. He carefully listed his action steps, one after the other.
You must do same while planning. You must list in clear terms what you are actually going to do. Your strategies, that is the actions you have chosen to do out of all those you could do.
This will help you to know when you’ve been successful. These steps will be your performance metrics to evaluate your progress. It will serve as a guide as you pursue your goals.
For example you want to increase your clientele by 50%, then your action steps could include, advertise in the print media, employ more marketers, take your product to emerging markets etc. Who you will meet, what will you say to them etc. Put down those steps just like the prodigal son.
4. The Resources: Proverbs 6:6–8, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her food in summer, and gathers her sustenance in harvest.”
One other component of planning is estimating the resources required, that is, what to take along and what will be required for the journey…to be continued
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