~ Patricia Neal
The weekend is upon us...the holidays are coming up faster than expected...it might be a good idea for StoresOnline Merchants to buckle down and make some holiday specific goals...now is the time to plan, if you haven't already. Here is an excerpt from the ThinkTQ.com - Daily Lessons In Intentional Excellence feed that talks about planning:
"A simple fact of life: The more you plan ahead, the more you accomplish in the time you have. Planning ahead is a skill that applies equally to your NEXT move, your NEXT task, your NEXT day and your NEXT year.
When you look ahead to where you want to go NEXT, you can determine in advance what you are going to do, what you're going to need to effectively do it—and identify the shortest route to get it done.
"It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do."
~ John R. Amos
A high commitment to this area of your performance suggests you've mastered the basics of planning. You are the role model for efficiency and a master at reducing stress. You always know what you're going to do next and what you're going to need to do it. You know what your schedule holds for tomorrow and exactly where you're supposed to be.
By planning ahead, you ordinarily bypass the obstacles that trip up people who only look down at their feet as they rush by in a flurry of misbegotten activity.
However, a lack of commitment suggests you complete your tasks one at a time without thinking about your NEXT move. Your progress is rarely a straight line. Instead, it might be better described as a series of random actions in divergent directions. You are often forced to backtrack and redo what you just completed -- because you didn't foresee how it would affect your next move.
By failing to plan ahead, you are less efficient and prepared for what to do next. You run in circles... a lot! Advice: Think WIN WIN—Now!
If you get yourself into the mind-set of asking yourself What's Important NOW... What's Important NEXT—10 times each day—you will not only understand the art of planning... you will master it!
You CAN achieve your greatest GOALS.
You CAN attain financial FREEDOM.
You CAN enjoy a career that is BOTH emotionally and financially rewarding.
Simply unleash the WIN WIN WINNER within! -- E.R. Haas, CEO"
StoresOnline Merchant Success stories usually began with a plan that was followed up with dedication and fortitude. Create a plan. Get focused. Stay with it. We look forward to hearing about your personal StoresOnline Success story!