Just like when building a home, it is always best to start by laying down a solid foundation to build upon. Over time, brick by brick and stone by stone, you will be able to complete the task at hand. Once the skeleton of the walls are placed the plumbing and electrical can be set up. After those components are added you are ready for drywall, fixtures, and paint. Then finally the home will be complete. But, what would happen if the builders never got a blue print?
Would they do the work?
Could they do the work?
Where would everything go?
They could just guess and put the items where they believe it would make sense. Maybe they will put up the drywall first, then frame the walls, and lay the foundation last. Who needs a plan of attack, right? Just get in there an make things happen.
Unfortunately this is the way many of us operate. We have a vision of the final product but don’t know the appropriate steps to get there. We are contractors without a blueprint. So, how do you make sure you are following the right directions and taking a strategic path for growth? Good question. Here is 3 simple ways to build an effective strategy for growth.
1. Understand yourself.
What are your strengths and weakness? If there is an area in which you lack the appropriate set of skills use Jermaine’s advice and network to find someone who can help you. You have to know who you are first before you can grow yourself. If you don’t know where you need to improve how will you grow?
2. Understand your opponent or opposition.
Right before you is the challenge that you face but how much do you honestly know about it? Study to show yourself approved. Dedicate a large amount of time getting to understand the advantages and disadvantages of whatever situation you face.
3. Make a blueprint.
Learn the appropriate process of growth. Be a baby. Start by laying on your stomach. Then learn to crawl, walk, run, jump, skip and climb. You will not accomplish it all in a day no matter how much you wish for it. Make a action plan that will guide you step by step to become the person you want to be.
I have learned over the years that building something from the ground up is not an easy task. It is even harder if you don’t know what you are doing. Make a plan. Calculate the risks. Consult your peers or networks in the field. Make a strategy and execute it.