GPS—Goals, Plans, Systems
G is for Goals. Without clearly defined goals, you will never know where you are going, or if and when you get there. You must have clearly defined life goals and business goals. They must be written down. They must be yours.
They must be meaningful to you. They must be specific and measurable. And of course, this entire book could be about setting goals, but you get the point.
P is for Plans. You need a map. Would you try to go somewhere you’ve never been without a map? A simple business plan that includes your business goals, your mission, a 12-month budget, and a marketing plan. It sounds like a lot, but I’ll show you how to make it really simple. It is vital that you create a really good map and follow it closely.
S is for Systems. You must choose what vehicles you will use on this amazing and exceedingly important journey. Your business is a vehicle; and like any vehicle, it has a number of systems that work together to operate it. A bicycle has the wheel system, the gears, the frame, the braking and steering systems, all working together as a system. An automobile has a number of systems such as the combustion system, the drivetrain system, and the steering system that work together.
A Boeing 747 aircraft has many systems that work together and can take a bunch of people a long way! I created a “747 Business Model” that is in Chapter 4 of my book 7 Secrets of a Phenomenal LIFE.
The five systems of a phenomenally successful business make up the vehi- cle you will use to get to where you want to go. They are also the systems that will help you stay there. The stronger the systems, the smoother they work together, and the better your trip will be. It’s no fun running out of gas or breaking down on the side of the road. It’s no fun having to rely on a vehicle that is falling apart, which is the case for many small businesses.
So, set your Goals. Develop your Plan. And build Systems in your business. The rest of this book will help you do that.
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