During my undergraduate studies, I allowed my young impressionable mind to soak up lessons and words of wisdom from almost everyone I heard speak and nearly every book I read. I am a sponge; my daily goal is to try to soak up as much knowledge as I can. As for my collegiate years, one of the messages that stood out the most was “The 7 P’s”. The 7 P’s stand for “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance”.
Let’s break this down a bit. The “proper” in this phrase simply means that the plan you are enacting has been vetted thoroughly through a fail-proof process. Basically, have you thought this plan through? The “proper” ensures that there are very few possibilities for failure. The “prior” obviously deals with being sure to have a plan of action before going into action. The level of your performance is contingent upon the execution of your plan. Your “planning” must not only focus on the big picture. The best plans are ones that are detail oriented. It’s not enough to have a bird’s eye view of your plan; you must learn to drill down to the core of the plan in order to highlight its details. The devil is in the details.
In order to prevent piss poor performances, it is important that you remember to prior plan. We create many of the inevitable pitfalls we encounter by not being prepared. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. All plans are similar to roadmaps; while there may be traffic and unforeseen delays, if you don’t have directions, you may not get there.
If you don’t have a solid plan on where you are going, it will be impossible to get there.
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