How far ahead should an entrepreneur look? Nobody would advocate lack of planning but trying to cater for every future event or circumstance that is possible but cannot be predicted with certainty is exhausting. What is the impact on productivity of such an enemy of action?
A close friend called me late last night to ask what she should do in a series of situations. I got in a tangle as I tried to resolve various difficulties; finally I suggested: “‘why don’t you call me when that situation arises and I’ll address it then?”
There’s only so much planning and preparing you can do to ensure future successes and reduce future risks.
I find it much more effective to deal with the situation I am in at that moment. I’ve made this a deliberate, informed, adult decision. It’s a decision based on years of experience as a former dedicated worrier, multi-tasker, and planner extraordinaire.
Like many approaches to tackling life and business, tasks and decisions it has its limitations but the benefits to such an approach, e.g. reduction of mental stress and removal of barriers to action, are not to be taken lightly.
So why do I let others make me feel guilty about not having answers for a series of events that may or may not occur in the future due to a particular course of action I might choose to take now? I’m not sure; but guilty I do feel.
However, this feeling is much reduced when I find respected heavyweights such as the one above expressing sentiments to support my way of thinking! The quote at the top? It’s Winston Churchill.