Some of the synonyms that are used to describe the act of ‘planning’ include ‘to devise, think, imagine, forecast, or invent’.
The planning process (1) identifies the goals or objectives to be achieved, (2) formulates strategies to achieve them, (3) arranges or creates the means required, and (4) implements, directs, and monitors all steps in their proper sequence (www.businessdictionary.com).
‘’Good planning and hard work leads to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty’’ (Proverbs 21:5). Planning ensures a future supply of resources. Winston Churchill said ‘he who fails to plan, plans to fail.’
‘Planning is an act of bringing the future in the present so you can do something about it now’ (Allan Laiken).
It is however important to remember that it is not where you start but who you start with that matters. Do it in partnership with God. ‘’Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established’’ (Proverbs 16:3). Hollywood actress Meryl Streep once said ‘’integrate what you believe into every area of your life’.
‘While their competition is asleep, world-class leaders are up – and they’re not watching the news or reading the paper. They are thinking, planning and practicing’ (Robin S. Sharma).
Preparation is key, sudden flashes of insight do not just happen, they are products of preparation, planning. Indeed in the words of Louis Pasteur, ‘chance favours the prepared mind’.