person-holding-compass-e1460348839651I have been getting organized and systemized with my books and accounts for tax.  Yukko!   I am not a great fan of numbers and tax.

For me, the new financial year is not just about sorting out my books and getting my taxes done, it’s also about checking in with where I am at.  Can you believe that more than half the year has gone already?

A survey that was done recently showed that 56% of professionals don’t have any set goals, either written down or clearly defined.  Interesting too that the same percentage of people also don’t have a business plan.

This means that they are operating in their business and in life without some plan or clear direction.  That’s like going on a bush walk or hiking without a compass.  Or setting sail with no destination.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.  There is no other route to success”  – Pablo Picasso

Have you ever jumped in your car to get to a place you haven’t been before and hoping you wing it?  Perhaps thinking that by doing this, you would somehow save time?  I have.  It wasn’t like I didn’t know where I was going.  I mean…I had SOME idea.  But I didn’t know exactly.  I was sure I would be OK.  So, I didn’t put the destination in google maps.  I just drove.

Well, you guessed it.  I got close to where I needed to get to.  I had to pull over a few times to check on where I was.  Until I finally got fed up and put the address into google maps.  I lost time trying to find it and arrived late.  Me late?  People who know me well know that I hate being late.  I kicked myself all the way to my meeting.  Well, not all the way.  I did stop at some stage to reflect on what I need to learn from this.  Pretty simple really.  If I had taken the time at the beginning to set my destination in google maps and followed the directions on how to get there, I would have arrived well within time.

Here’s a snapshot of what I learnt.  It’s a good reminder for you.

  • Start with the end in mind and work backwards.
  • Winging it may get you there but it takes longer.
  • Be crystal clear on where you are heading.
  • Writing it down helps you get there faster.
  • Check in regularly to ensure you are on track.
  • Having a clear destination with a good plan gets you the best results.

Oh and if you don’t have a life or business plan, then that’s something I love helping with too.  It’s a great time to create and develop a plan for success.   If you want to know more about how I can help, hit reply and we will organize a chat.