The Importance of Planning

Planning is important for any business, but outside of that, it helps provide a sense of personal fulfillment.
When it comes to managing your life or business, plan ahead.

One of the most vital things when it comes to how to manage your life or your business is planning ahead. If you want to achieve the highest goals possible and attain personal fulfillment, you should generally always start by crafting a good plan. Planning is an excellent idea for a near limitless amount of reasons, but here are three of the ones I feel that are most important.

It’s an Opportunity to Set Goals
The first thing that anyone should do is set a clear and concise goal. You’ll see it in companies all the time with mission statements: this is the main goal that they want to achieve. After you decide on what your main goal is, you branch out from there. How do I achieve that goal? What are the different paths I can take to get there? What do I need to do to travel down that road? Planning is most of the battle and the first step in planning is deciding on what you want to achieve.
It Allows You to Make More Effective Decisions
Some of us may be impulsive and that’s fine – it’s even considered to be a desirable trait in many aspects of the real world. However, in the business world, being impulsive isn’t always so desirable. It’s always best to stop, survey the landscape, and plan all the possible actions you can take. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to make the most out of your decisions by choosing the best one.
It’s a Chance to Think Ahead and Set Contingency Plans
The unexpected may be ‘unexpected,’ but that doesn’t mean that we can’t plan for the unexpected. Maybe that wasn’t the type of advice you expected. What I mean by that is that even the savviest of businesses won’t be able to know absolutely everything that will happen to them or their industry. However, we can still develop ‘what-if’ scenarios to think about potential risk factors and how to best cope in those situations. While we’ll never know exactly what awaits us around every corner, we can still plan for the unexpected.
So try it out sometime. The next instance when you’re facing something important, sit down and plan your ideas and actions out beforehand. I think you’ll find out that you’ll be much more likely to achieve success. 

Rick Workman, DMD

Founder, Former CEO and Active Chairman, Heartland Dental

Rick Workman, DMD, graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 1980. After starting his own practice, he set out to create a world-class dental support organization that would relieve the management burden for dentists by offering them an array of non-clinical administrative support. Today, Heartland Dental is the largest dental support organization in the country. In addition to being the founder of Heartland Dental, he is also the past president of the Association of Dental Support Organizations. To read more about Dr. Rick Workman, click here