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I'm a really rubbish planner. My Strengths Profile backs this up.
My brain just doesn't work that way. I can tell you where I want to get to. I can
tell you what my first action needs to be and I will get into action-taking
immediately. BUT I can't easily see all the in-between steps. And I certainly
can't tell you how long it will take to execute.
I am notorious in one group of friends for estimating that every
hike to a pub takes about one hour. That is whether it's actually 3 miles
(about one hour) or about 8 miles. More than once, we've had to phone ahead to
the pub and let them know that we're going to be late for lunch. I'm not
allowed to plan what time we're leaving any more...
Then, I was in the car with my husband this weekend and he wanted
me to direct him to a certain road using the map, which I was happy to do. He
then ascertained where we wanted to end up, which I could tell him. And then,
how we were going to join up the beginning and end of our journey. Er....
Do you ever experience brain freeze? That's when you're trying to
use your Weaknesses and it doesn't work. You're rubbish at it.
But all is not lost! (btw, there's an exclusive offer for you at
the end of this email which might help)...
Overcoming a Weakness
I have to make a plan, right? I run a business. Well, for the
first few years of my business, I created something that looked like a business
plan but quickly got put into the online equivalent of my bottom drawer (the
folder in Dropbox where plans go to die).
Whilst my business was thankfully doing OK, I realised that my
lackadaisical attitude was not going to help me achieve the big things I wanted
to. I needed a Plan B (yikes, no way out).
I started doing things differently and unwittingly distilled FOUR things
that you need to do to overcome a Weakness. Here they are:
I am just coming up to the time in my business when I have to plan
for next year. This year is the first year that I've properly made a plan, had
the right system in place to achieve it and actually experienced it as an
enjoyable activity. I'm even looking forward to creating my annual plan in the coming weeks.
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