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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Don't be Married to the Plan

A funny expression has become popular in recent years: "Ready, Fire, Aim."

A funny expression, yes. A rare phenomenon, unfortunately, no.

Lack of planning, under-preparation, "going off half-cocked," is an all-too-common occurrence.

But there's another problem just as insidious.

That is when the planning is so precise, so elaborate, that the planners refuse to adapt to changing situations. A wise businessperson might say, "It's a good idea, but I'm not married to it."

Others seem to be married for life.

So make your plan, and make it strong. Then, be willing to revise your course when obstacles are met, or conditions change. Take the temperature, and make adjustments. Go with the flow.

Be prepared; but be prepared to adapt.

You'll be happier.

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