Sometimes they collect dust: Why strategic plans fail

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Strategic plans are a vital tool for aligning your vision, mission, and values with your actions and outcomes. God wants us to be good stewards of the resources He has given us, and that means planning wisely and executing faithfully. However, there are some common pitfalls that can derail your strategic plan implementation and prevent you from achieving your goals.

Here are three of them I have experienced:

Starting too late. If you wait too long to implement your plan, you will lose the momentum and enthusiasm that you had when you created it. You will also miss the opportunity to capitalize on the current situation and environment. The best time to start implementing your plan is right after you finish it, or even better, as soon as you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.

Having an unrealistic or unclear plan. Your plan should be ambitious enough to challenge you and inspire you, but not so much that it becomes impossible or overwhelming. Your plan should also be specific enough to guide you and hold you accountable, but not so much that it becomes rigid or irrelevant. You need to find the right balance between clarity and flexibility, between aspiration and feasibility.

Lacking action plans for each priority. Your strategic plan should not be a static document that sits on a shelf. It should be a living document that drives your daily decisions and actions. For each strategic priority, you should have an action plan that outlines the steps, responsibilities, resources, timelines, and indicators of success. This will help you stay focused, organized, and motivated.

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