Rolling With The Punches

by May 22, 2023Visionary Leadership

Inspiration is for beginners. The real pros, they show up – rain or shine, inspired or not. What they always have, though, is a plan.

But often, that first plan doesn’t pan out.

As my favorite philosopher, Mike Tyson, puts it, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”. You need to be ready to move quickly. It’s not a question of if but when.

In my own adventures through life and business, plans have frequently veered off track. But thank heavens, I’ve always had one. Cultivating a compelling narrative isn’t a single sprint; it’s a marathon that demands discipline, bravery, and curiosity.

Without a plan, excuses swiftly rear your head, threatening to knock your intentions off course and tempt you to surrender.

This tenacity mirrors that of athletes or artists, honing their craft every day.

Enter Agile Planning.

It’s about forging a plan as flexible and resilient as a boxer dodging blows in the ring. It means shaping a clear vision for your community and establishing goals across diverse timeframes: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, and the long-term stretch.

However, remember these plans are not set in stone; they should adapt in response to fresh information or changing circumstances.

A pivotal component of building narrative power is ensuring your actions echo your words. This genuine alignment fosters authentic connections.

Agile Planning helps in maintaining this alignment while making necessary adjustments.

Because in the end, there is only one rule to expertise in your field:

“The secret to getting really good at something is to keep at it, even if people think you’re nuts.” – Ross

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