Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Like no matter what you do, you can’t seem to get ahead in your business?
If so, then you may be suffering from analysis paralysis.
Analysis paralysis is when you spend so much time thinking about what could go wrong that you never actually get around to doing anything. And it’s a problem because it can keep you from ever reaching your full potential.
So how do you avoid analysis paralysis? The answer is simple: make a stupid plan.
A stupid plan: the ultimate business plan
If you’re like me, I tend to overthink things. I want to have a plan for everything, and I want that plan to be perfect. But sometimes, having a perfect plan just isn’t possible. And that’s okay! In fact, sometimes the best thing you can do is just make a stupid plan.
In fact, most people who try to start a business don’t make it past the planning stage because they’re afraid of failure. They’re afraid of making the wrong decision, and they’re paralyzed by all of the possibilities. But the truth is, if you want to be successful, you have to be willing to risk failure.
You have to be willing to make a stupid plan.
So what does a stupid plan look like? It’s a plan that is so simple and straightforward that it seems impossible that
it could work. It’s a plan that is based on a hunch or a gut feeling, rather than on data or analytics. And most importantly, it’s a plan that is willing to fail and point you in the right direction.
5 easy steps to creating a stupid plan:
Step 1: write out your end goal.
Ask yourself what’s the bigger picture of where you’d like to go.
Step 2: bite sized chunks.
Now that we have the grand idea, how can you break it down into bite sized chunks? Break down all ideas into their own little projects.
Step 3: prioritize.
Write from 1 to 10 (or whatever number) of what’s most important. Focus on those high priority items first.
Step 4: track your work.
Create a working document within StaffNet tasks to track your projects and keep your team up to date in real time on what’s on the docket, along with due dates and timelines.
Step 5: rework your stupid plan.
As time progresses and you track the ongoing changes, update your stupid plan to be a better more improved stupid plan.
In the end a stupid plan is better than no plan at all
When it comes to business, taking risks is essential if you want to be successful.
Without risks, there can be no reward. And sometimes, the best way to take a risk is to make a stupid plan.
So don’t be afraid to fail—it just might lead you to success. Who knows? Your stupid plan might just be the best one yet.
Need help starting your stupid plan? Check out all of our tips and how to’s here.