The first step of any new endeavour is much easier to take when a bit of effort has gone into the planning stage.
That is not to say that it will go 100% according to plan or play out exactly how you envisioned it.
But having some sort of direction for where you intend to take it helps act as a guiding light.
Knowing how the plan of attack should begin is all you need to get started.
From there, once you’re up and running, you can start to relinquish control a little and let momentum play its part.
Starting new projects blindly without preparation only works in extremely rare circumstances. It may get off the ground haphazardly but it won’t fly for long.
Because proper planning is responsible for almost every successful person, act or venture that has ever existed.
That doesn’t mean that spending an ungodly amount of time deliberating or forecasting will create a greater likelihood of success.
It means weighing up options - building contingencies, comparing pros and cons, brainstorming problems and outcomes - can and will pay off.
The alternative is to leave it all to chance, wishful thinking and baseless hope. That doesn’t sound like the best option, does it?
At the other end of the spectrum, overplanning can be just of much of a problem if not kept in check.
I am prone to this with most new things that I want to dip my toe in.
This blog, a new YouTube series, building a business, planning for holidays - the list is as long as my arm.
The key is to plan to a comfortable degree that helps get the wheels in motion, but not so much that you are crippled to begin because you’re never quite ready to start.