Around six weeks ago, I completed the facilitation of an online business strategy and planning program. While preparing the necessary documentation and recording I was reminded of my need to review my own business plan. Then, whilst online with the Participants for our couple of get togethers and then with their individual sessions, I again was reminded of needing to review my business plan. I believe I may have even mentioned it to them whilst we were all together.
It’s like the mechanic analogy. A mechanic spends all their time working on their customers’ cars and they don’t work on their own. Although I have a strategy day every month for my own business, which includes reviewing my business/action plan, I hadn’t reviewed my business plan in full for some time. No. I’m not going to share how long.
At the end of last week, I finally completed the review of my business plan. It took a bit of time to get there and the key to completing it was the discipline of making the time to do it. Sometimes I would block time out or I would utilise time if it became available. Or there were always weekends. I also had the guidance of my own business coach, who asks me the questions I don’t ask myself. Besides, she is who holds me to account.
Creating your first business plan or reviewing your business plan isn’t always fun. In fact, I used to think it was quite tedious until I changed how I do it. But what I have found in the last couple of weeks, as it was all coming together, is my focus and how things start to fall into place.
Like the mechanic, I had been working on my clients’ business plans or other projects. I hadn’t made the time for mine. It’s a little like the ‘do as I say not as I do’ scenario.
What do you preach but don’t practise? What do you need to do to make it happen?