The Place Of Planning By Bishop David Abioye
Topic: The Place Of Planning
One way to embrace your future and ensure that you make the most of it is by planning for your future. No doubt, you have great expectations for this year. God also has great blessings in store for you but you can’t just assume that things will happen on their own accord, it is your result oriented planning that commits God to direct you to your expected end (Prov. 16:9). That is what enables you to set your priorities; programming the things to be done now, those to be left till next week and those for next month, for a phase by phase achievement of your goal. That means spreading out your objective, so that it can be achieved without stress or strain. So, don’t let life take you unawares! Plan; determine what must be done at every point so that you can get to the next point, because there are some things that must happen to make room for others. With this approach, you will be amazed at your achievements by the end of this year.
SIT DOWN FIRST:
In Luke 14:28, Jesus spoke emphatically on the necessity of planning and also gave us an insight into the process of planning when He said, “…Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost…” This is where many people miss it. At the instance of a challenge, they act before they think. But, the procedure is “Sit down first.” We have had things mixed up and that is why we have failed so many times. Your rising begins with your sitting down first. Until you sit tight, you cannot rise high. That is to say if you do not have a good base you cannot gain a great height.
The reason for so many unfinished projects, unfulfilled vows, grounded destinies, bankrupt businesses, and aborted purposes is failure to plan. People fail to sit down first and count the cost before they start off. You can save yourself from such disappointments by having a clear programme of action before taking the first step into any venture. The anecdote to shame is “Sit down first!” The tower of your dreams can be built. Your expectations can be realised. All things are possible. Even if you don’t possess all that is required to accomplish your dream presently, it can be done! You simply have to place the goal before you and begin to devise a programme of action to make it a reality – that is what planning is all about.
Sit down first and plan otherwise, you will have to re-sit. You know, when you are asked to re-sit in the academic circle, it is a polite way of telling you that you have failed and the reason is because you didn’t sit well the first time.
Remember, movement doesn’t equal progress, neither is noise taken for effect. It takes wise planning to be effective and productive in your endeavours, because planning eliminates sweat and struggles. The more you plan, the less you sweat as you pursue your goals and targets since energy is well directed and waste is eliminated. We’ve looked at the first step in the process of planning, which is “sit down.” The next steps are:
COUNT THE COST!
Jesus said, “…Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” (Luke 14:28). So when you sit down, it is not to bury your head in your palms in worry and sorrow under the heavy burden of problems, but to “count the cost.” You don’t sit down to look at the ceiling, you sit down to map out what is needed to accomplish the goal set before you.
To count the cost means to analyze. On the drawing board, you assess your expected goals on the scales of your present position and then set up strategies to balance them and meet up with your future. Simplify the problem by breaking it up into smaller ‘handlable’ pieces. One million may look enormous to acquire in a year but it’s only a question of about 83,000 in twelve months or 2,800 daily. This is how planning helps you to narrow down problems and solve them. Identify and appreciate what you have see what you can do with it to generate what you want.
Facts are the raw materials for planning. To be a good planner you must be well informed, get the relevant facts for what you want to do. The strength of your plan is a function of the facts available to you. You can either get facts from above by divine insight or through observation. Take note of what you see around you and take counsel from others when necessary, whether they are your superiors, assistants or colleagues. Look out for people with results; People who are doers of what they preach and read their books, listen to their tapes or contact them physically.
After you have gathered relevant facts, you have to process it through thinking. Knowledge is utilized through thinking. If you gather information without thinking, it cannot not profit you. It is through thinking that you articulate facts and information to your personal life. Wisdom doesn’t jump on people, it is born via the process of thinking. God only gives you the inspiration, which is the raw material. You have to process it in your mind through thinking till you get out the relevant facts that you need to plan your life the way you ought to and get the results that you desire.
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