Most entrepreneurs know that planning is essential for a successful business. If you have a brick and mortar store or if you have a professional business, the need for planning is obvious. Ordering the inventory and promoting it. Generating client appointments. And so forth.

Somehow, home businesses can start sliding in this area. The relaxed atmosphere can hinder the intentional aspect of business. Then before you know it, you find yourself not accomplishing what you wish for.

Remember the saying, If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up some place else.

So this year I plan to change that. I want to set really solid goals, and then make a plan to see them through. Finally I want to accomplish much more than ever. Inspire more people. And make more money.

Do you set aside time regularly to plan what you want to do in your business? If it’s not something you currently do, I strongly encourage you to embrace it this year.

Let’s start off by taking a look at why business planning is “the secret” to success. There are a few different factors that come into play here.

The first is efficiency. When you have a clear plan, you can focus on what’s most important. Instead of spending time trying to figure out what you should be working on, what pieces of the puzzle are missing from your product funnel, or what you need to do to break through to the next income level, you know exactly what needs to come next.

You’ve thought it through – and you’ve made your plans.

With a clear goal in mind and a plan for the year, it becomes easy to step back to create effective and efficient daily to-do lists. Work on what needs to get done each day and you will reach your goals.

Next, set big a goal for yourself, and  work from there.This helps you to think outside the box.

If you don’t believe me, try it. Decide on a big income goal for the coming month. Write it down. Keep it in front of you.

Then get to work and start to notice what happens next.

You start to think of things that didn’t occur to you before.

You come up with creative ways to get more traffic.

You decide to run a fun promo that adds dollars to your bank account.

And when an important deadline comes up unexpectedly, your get-it-done attitude kicks in. Think back on that time in college when finals rolled around, or the last time your in-laws told you they would stop by later in the day. You got very creative about studying and cleaning respectively.

Last but not least, let’s talk about the subconscious. So far we’ve been focused on what we are actively doing to make progress by making a plan, setting goals and following through.

There’s another dimension to all this and that’s what’s going on in our subconscious mind. While we are busy plowing through our to-do list, cooking dinner for the family, and even sleeping, our subconscious mind is working towards those goals as well.

In short, setting goals  and making a plan to reach them are real keys to the success you want so much.  That means you end up with more money for yourself and your loved ones while spending less time slaving away at your desk.

So my goal is to reach many more people this year. There are  many who need help with their blogs, their books, and their speaking engagements, and I want to help them.

I also want to supplement my writing income so that I can share my Christian messages freely.

My first plan is to take time analyzing and implementing my email practices. I want to grow my list and to increase my email effectiveness.

I would love to have you join me. It’s free.

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