If you are not familiar with the Seven P’s, they are: Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. The Seven P’s started out as a British military saying to serve as a reminder that planning is a prerequisite to success.
I’ve been guilty of not following this adage many times. I’ve been known to jump into a project without thinking it through. Sometimes you get lucky and it works out well. But more likely, you will either crash and burn or just muddle through.
With “proper prior planning” you can avoid all that. What are some ways you can practice proper prior planning?
The first step in planning is going to be figuring out what you want the result to be. Sounds easy, right? I want to be rich and successful! Not so fast; that’s not a plan. That’s a wish. What does rich and successful mean to you? Is it a thriving business, passive income from investments, or selling something? If you’re planning an event, will it be successful if 20 people attend? Is it 100 people, or a national media mention?
Whatever you are planning on doing, knowing exactly what you want out of it is going to be a key step in its success.
Research The Process
Once you know what you want, you need to figure out how to do it. If it’s something you’ve done before, then you probably have a good idea of the steps involved. If it’s something new, then you will need to learn what it will take to succeed.
If your goal is to learn a certain skill or topic, don’t think that you can get away with skipping this. You need to learn how to learn that topic. Will you take a class, buy a book, or buy an immersive experience? The answer will depend on your learning style.
Reach out to others who have already done what you want to do. Part of this goes back to the previous section on research. But you will also want an accountability partner to hold you to your plan and an advisor to inform you when you start steering in the wrong direction.
Write It Down
I’m a firm believer in writing down everything important, especially when you’re talking about a plan. If your plan is simple enough to remember all of it in your head, your plan is too simple and you didn’t do enough proper prior planning. Make yourself an outline of the steps and interim goals involved. Put it somewhere visible where you can refer to it often.
Do you follow the Seven P’s? What is your planning process?