Six Steps to Set Your Plan in Motion

I recently met with a friend and we talked for over an hour about some new ideas and plans for a business startup. It was a great brainstorming session in which we identified several options and directions he could choose.  To me these meetings are rewarding and inspiring. When someone identifies their skills and passions and starts to put a plan together into a business model it can bring a great deal of excitement. Here are some points to remember when you are in a process like this:

  1. Sit down and have the meeting! Too many ideas just stay locked up in our heads and we don’t do anything with them. My friend and I had crossed paths recently and in that short encounter we both realized that we should talk more about our ideas. Several obstacles nearly torpedoed our meeting, but we made it happen and there was a very encouraging outcome. Find the time to plan and strategize. It is worth the effort, and these collaborations are the beginnings of big things.
  2. Write down your ideas. This may seem obvious, but in the excitement of the moment, many ideas are thrown out. Some may work, some may not, but these are highly energized minutes and some very creative things float to the surface. Get them down on paper, or typed into a file of some kind. If you are not a list person, draw a diagram or some balloons with the main ideas linked to those circles or boxes. This is the “back of the envelope” or the napkin strategizing that has been the start of many famous projects or businesses.
  3. Don’t eliminate options too quickly. Sometimes our practical natures kick in and we start to rule ideas out before we have had a chance to make them work. For example, in our discussion we talked about whether there had to be a choice between ministry ideas and business ideas. Sometimes in our culture we think that people have to choose between these two options and maybe there is a way to blend the two. I think a business that can blend earning a living and ministering to people is wonderful concept that needs to be pursued. Give opportunities a chance to succeed before tossing them aside.
  4. Act on something today! This is so important.  Action will build confidence and excitement and this will be the motivation to continue. It may be as simple as making a list or drawing a diagram, but do something right away. You want to build momentum.  Here is a Basic Business Plan that you may find helpful. It is a simple one page document that will help you get started. Basic Business Plan
  5. Set some goals with dates. This will help you stay on track. Keep the goal and timeframe specific. For example if you want your business or your project to be up and running in one month, what do you need to have completed each week for this to happen? For this week’s goal, what do you need to do each day to make it happen? This will help keep the project for getting overwhelming and will keep you focused.
  6. Tell the right people. Find an “Ideas guy” to help you do your planning. You will meet people that tend to kill ideas or dreams. They are not bad people, but their personality is not always open to new ideas or different ways of thinking. Their practicality is better in other environments, but in the planning stages, you may want to tell your idea to people who like to dream, plan and encourage. They will help you begin rather than advising you to quit.

I hope you have some ideas that you would like to put down on paper. Find a good person to help you brainstorm and start making things happen!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Jason

    This is good stuff. We can tend to make things complicated; keep it simple and stay focused. A little encouragment goes a long way!

    • Duane

      I agree with you, Jason. You can get a lot accomplished when you two heads are involved in the dreaming & brainstorming. There is nothing like having a friend or colleague affirm your ideas and help you get something rolling.