It's time to plan

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Benjamin Franklin

How do you take a complex idea and create a plan that makes sense to you? John at Hiner Agency can work with you to alleviate some of the mystery and help you develop an understanding of some of the core principals of planning.

Alan Lakin said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

This is the essence of why planning ahead matters. Many argue that plans do not normally work especially in this fast-paced world where everything is changing so quickly. Proper plans, however, when they are formulated ahead of time help people reach their goals and fulfill their vision.

The Chinese philosopher, Confucius said, “A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.”

Successful people are aware of this concept. Those who are successful have planned ahead, finding many benefits, including the following points.

Assessing risks and opportunities

Taking risks is necessary for growth, expanding the comfort zone, and achieving success. Planning ahead gives us confidence to take the risks that others may not take and so it moves us ahead without worrying about competition. People who are not willing to take risks may never fulfill their vision and their success may be short lived. However, if not identified ahead of time through proper planning, taking risks may result in loss and adversity.

By planning ahead, we can identify the associated risks, weigh and categorize them, prioritize and create a response plan. In this way we can transform risks to opportunities and experience the rewards of taking them. Unfortunately, many people do not succeed, especially during hard times, because they don’t anticipate risks or, if they do, they do not plan how to respond to them.

Planning ahead helps you become assertive in taking risks and saying no to either conservative or aggressive approaches.

Becoming proactive

Without proper planning we would not be ready to respond to challenges. Hence we become reactive. Planning ahead helps you become proactive. By becoming proactive, you will be able to take the right action in the face of challenge and adversity. As a result, you welcome change because you are ready for any type of challenge. When you are proactive, you respond to situations rather than reacting to them.

Improving performance

Mark Sanborn noted, “Thorough preparation creates tremendous performances.”

In fact, there is a direct correlation between the level of your preparation and the level of your performance. Routine plans and preparation lead to routine performances. Good plans and preparation lead to good performance. Remarkable plans and preparation lead to remarkable performance.

Planning ahead helps to improve your performance and that of your organization. By improving your performance through good planning and preparation, you will be clearer about what to do next. You will also experience less stress, be more productive, provide better service, deliver higher quality products, create a more joyful environment to work in, and become a more effective and influential leader.

Time for revising and updating the plan

Effective plans are revised and updated regularly. In fact, our plans should evolve over time so we can stay on the right track and get to the destination. By planning ahead we give ourselves time to revise our plans based on updated information on risk, quality, resources, stakeholders, assumptions, and constraints.


Nobody plans for failure. By planning ahead we plan for success. As explained earlier, great plans lead to remarkable performances, which lead to amazing rewards. Therefore, spending time in making great plans and preparing for a remarkable performance will pay off with extraordinary rewards.

If you are ready to plan contact John @ 816.866.6848

Hiner Agency, 600 Main, Platte City, MO 64079 Phone 816.866.6848 Fax 816.866.3594