I went looking through quotes and found this interesting quote by billionaire Warren Buffett. “An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without one”. If you don’t know who Warren Buffett is do some research. He’s one of the richest men in the world from investing in brands so many of us know and love. When asked how is he able to pick so many winners he always goes back to systems and plans that he’s used time and time again. Plans and systems make winners. Talent can only take you so far. Would you go on a road trip without knowing where you are going or how long it will take? Would you build a house without a blueprint? Why would you jump in the music business without a plan? So let’s start with making a plan.
The first step is to answer 6 questions. The first five are who, what, where, when, and why. Take out a notebook and answer these questions. Who am I? What do I do? Where will I do it? When will I do it? Why am I doing this?
This may sound like a simple task. It is NOT! You have to be honest with yourself when answering these questions the clearer your vision will be. No answer is incorrect or concrete. If you know you are not made for the spotlight that is fine. If you intend to get rich and famous that’s fine too. The key is to take the answers to the first five questions to develop your mission and focus your intent.
What I like to do next is use my imagination and visualize where I want to be. THINK BIG! For me, my mission is to create independent wealth and assets that I can pass to future generations. When I defined my mission then I do my research. There is truly nothing new under the sun. Chances are there are people who have done this before you. That is proof that your mission is possible. Study those people! I got the idea I could do this independently from legends like Barry Gordy, Master P, and friends like Miya Bailey. I suggest you study their paths and pitfalls. The more research and digging you do the closer you get to answering the final and most crucial question. HOW?
DO NOT RUSH THIS PROCESS.
You will find yourself reviewing your answers to those first 5 questions time and time again. When you loose focus, hit roadblocks, or get distracted go back to those questions and refocus. Once again, there are no wrong answers.
Next, look at your mission, break it down into bits, and prioritize them. If you imagine yourself making a million dollars it may seem impossible at first. But when you break it down its 1000 dollars 1000 times. Whatever you want there is a way to break down your progress in to small tasks that will help you get there. Take those steps and prioritize them. Number them if you have too. What is most important? What is the most efficient way to get there?
Next thing I like to do is take out my calendar. If you ask me what is the most valuable thing in the world I will say “TIME” with no hesitation. You can always make more money, build anything, or solve any problem if you have the TIME! So in order for any plan to work you must invest the time to accomplish it. How will we spend our most valuable asset to accomplish our mission? Since time is limited your priorities have to be in order. There is a rule that 80% of your time should be focused on the top 20% of your priority list. I know I cannot do everything; I plan for distractions, and obstacles. Take out your calendar and decide how you are going to spend your time. Create times to focus 100% on your priorities and fight to keep your promises to yourself (no one else will). If you do the same actions with consistency the universe will align its self to create your reality. I wish I could say this is easy to do but it is NOT! If your mission is pure and you are willing to invest the time anything is possible.
So let me ask you one last time.
Who are you?
What do you do?
Where will you do this?
When will you do this?
Why are you doing this?
If you are clear and honest with yourself the HOW will come in to focus and your plan will take shape.