“The future is not a destination, it’s a direction”
This is a quote from Ed Catmull author of Creativity, Inc, a book about Pixar and Disney.
I saw a couple of tweets making a point that it made five year plans and roadmaps redundant.
I’m not sure it does tho.
You still need to choose a direction, and for that you need to decide on what sort of future you want.
Once you’ve done that, you need to decide how you’re going to get there.
That’s a plan.
“Plans Are Useless, But Planning Is Indispensable”
One of the greatest planners in history, General Dwight Eisenhower, said “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
A lot of people who run a small business don’t bother making plans because, when the plan meets the real world, the real world wins.
If this is your experience, try this instead:
Decide where you want to end up. (Start with the end in mind).
This might be at the end of your life or the end of the week.
As soon as you know what you want, you have a target and a direction.
Then decide how you’re going to get there.
That’s a plan.
The idea of the plan is not to stick rigidly to a set of instructions but to make a start in the right direction.
To take action.
Use the plan to make decisions (Will this take me closer to, or further away from, the future I want?)
The alternative is to react to whatever crops up.
What direction will that take you in?
More importantly, where will you end up?
Want a hand to make a plan and keep heading in the right direction? Let me know, I’ll be happy to help!