If You Fail to Plan You Plan to Fail
I t's the last days of summer holidays of 2016 which has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the nation and that of many across the world. Parts of the European Union are on a knife edge of financial chaos, global growth expectations are downgraded but we are not perturbed by this. To keep your heads when seemingly all around are losing theirs, its the thinkers that hold their nerve and win outright. 

Britain has lots to celebrate, its steadfast application of forward thinking, planning and execution is what has given us a summer to be proud of post Rio 2016. Next month sees our Paralympic Games and we hope to see a positive collection of humanity come together to compete to earn their place in history despite their various hindrances.

If there is one thing above all else that we can take from these exemplars of success is this; the only thing that prevents the free and fair minded world from exceeding our own expectations is ourselves. If we let the dogmatic take a hold over the rest of us from seeing the world as half full glass of water and not half empty we can overcome our own shortcomings whatever we might presume to assume they be. 

The game changers  among us are few and far between but it's the early adopters that demonstrate that the once unthinkable is actually more than just a dream in a blocked pipe but a reality in waiting.

Application, dedication, repetition, trial and error are the determining factors between success and failure. Success has been shown to be a millisecond from failure, so whatever it is that you do, you should not fear failure; because its from failure that you will find a successful outcome; whether it be a lesson learned to be applied in future; be it in four years or your next pitch to a new client or supplier. 

To win easily isn't necessarily the win that's savoured most. Ask the likes of Andy Murray who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat; or Mo Farrah who stumbled and fell yet got up to win gold in the 10,000 metres in Rio. We have a world record winning swimmer and our first double gold medal winning gymnast and a whole host of successes to be inspired to reach for the stars.

If ever there was a time to listen to their stories and learn a lesson or two it would be to learn that the sweetest of victories are won through the successful application of planning and dedication through thick and thin, through the good times and even more so during the bad times.

It's not weak to know ones shortfalls and taking steps to deal with them, it's pragmatic, systematic application of determination to grind out a win in the face of adversity.  To seek assistance to underpin your offering is to add value. SMEs, startups or entrepreneurs can learn lots from the application of such techniques. You wouldn't go to a dentist for a tummy ache would you? Seek out the right specialists to help you bolster your proposition. Which brings us back to Benjamin Franklin’s quote in the headline; If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

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