A plan is simply a snapshot in time. It considers all assumptions made at the time of developing it has played out exactly as prophesized. But, our worlds are action-packed and dynamic, which leads to the saying by Robert Burns “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

A good example of best-laid plans is one of the best Christmas movies ever, Die Hard! John McClane’s evening did not go as planned when he showed up at his wife’s Christmas Party. HOWEVER, because he was an NYC cop he had tactical training which allowed him to use the environment to his advantage. His evening was in constant flux, and he not only depended upon his training, but he also relied upon the support and insight of Seargent Al Powel, who earned his way as a key advisor.

So, how does John McClane relate to you and your business environment? When you compare the dusty snapshot in time of a framed picture on your wall to an action-packed movie, it illustrates the fluctuations throughout the day, week, month, year of your complex business and family environment – you recognize environments Change, requiring PLANS to change.

Now, as a business owner, you may not be problem-solving how to save hostages from the hands of Hans Gruber like in Die Hard, BUT! you do have tens to hundreds of people depending upon the success of your business. As such, your environment is complex and it can sometimes feel like you are going into hand-to-hand combat to retain top talent, fulfill the expectations of vendors, partners, employees, and customers to sustain and grow your business.

As a successful capital-intensive business owner, you are an expert in your business. You may or may not be an expert or have the time or capacity to look ahead and see challenges or opportunities as it relates to the inter-related dynamics between family, finances, lifestyle, and business. As such your environment requires a team.   It is time to realize, you have a rapidly changing business and family environment with hazards and countless opportunities.

As you are changing your perspective as a business owner and leader to that of an Action Hero, what are you going to do next? A dusty plan isn’t going to get you to where you want to go. Take charge of your future and leverage tools in your environment towards your success!

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