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Planning Strategy

If you think climbing Mount Everest is a walk in the park, think again! Of the almost ten thousand successful summit climbs done by just over five thousand climbers until now, around three hundred are known to have died trying.

In other words, it takes a careful planning strategy which includes physical preparation, having the right equipment to make it, calculating food requirements for the duration of the climb, taking a first aid kit for possible accidents, studying the route to take, and making strategic observations to overcome hurdles. Like any challenge, planning and organization are fundamental tools to get the job ready for delivery.

According to my research, between 1960 and 1973, NASA spent $28 billion developing the rockets, spacecraft and ground systems needed for what became the Apollo program. According to a recent analysis by the Planetary Society, that translates into an estimated $288.1 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. Nothing comes from nothing, and successful entrepreneurs climb mountains to arrive at their destination.

Life is all about the planning and strategy of the fittest. No one got to where they are today by sitting idle and fiddling with their fingers. The greatest leaders worked diligently to get to where they are while making sacrifices along the way. Leaders realize the importance of good planning to design methods to achieve goals.

Coupled with project management which is the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters, planning strategy is paramount to final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.

Whatever your goal, plan a strategy to reach it. Keep trying until a solution is found. The fulfillment and satisfaction alone will be worth all the effort made and sacrifices taken.

Take care!

Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Summit (n) = peak, top, pinnacle, and it can mean conference, meeting

Hurdles (n) = obstacles, difficulties, problems, also footraces to jump over like the 100m Olympic hurdles race.

Fittest (adj) = strongest, healthiest, in shape, rightest, appropriate, of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose, or in good health, especially because of regular physical exercise.

Fiddling (adj) = petty, unimportant, insignificant, but it can also mean fraud, deception, cheating, fixing, swindling

Fulfillment (n) contentment, self-actualization, serenity

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