“Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.”

(Prov. 24:27 NLT)

Just a fortnight ago, I executed a contract with a publishing company based in Pennsylvania for the publication and marketing of my latest work. Unlike in self publishing that can take one less than no time to publish— publishing a literary work that meets international standards requires some planning and preparation. In order for the publishing company to produce a book that meets all required international standards, the publication may take between 5 to 8 months of rigorous planning.

Looking at the scheduling of assigned tasks with timelines—prior to going to press —empowers my understanding the more on the need for proper planning and preparation in any given project, goal or vision. Without planning, you may have a very poor or at best, a mediocre outing. A wiseman said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Planning is the development of strategies, blueprint, systems, structures or action plan to effectively seize opportunities and manage challenges in the process of vision accomplishment. No wonder the wiseman said, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.” (Prov.24:3-4 TLB)

Practically, planning is linking strategic goals to tactical objectives—by the intermediate steps taken to achieve your goals and vision on a broader scale. It creates and enhances cohesion between process design and controls.

Planning creates and establishes order. We saw order established and exemplified in the creation story in Genesis Chapters 1 and 2 in the execution of God’s eternal plan.

Hear this: It takes order for your vision to be like no other vision. You stand out in the crowd when you embrace order. The Word of God tells us about the impact of order as a resultant effect of the planning of Jotham. “So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before Jehovah his God.” (2 Chron.27:6 ASV)

In your pursuit of vision and purpose, planning is fundamental. I believe this pecking order of planning will be helpful.

1. Have clarity of objectives and value propositions.

2. Engage in strategic thinking for successful vision accomplishment.

3. Identify requirements and embark on requirements gathering.

4. Engage in researches and relevant information gathering.

5. Design and document your plan.

6. Order and schedule resources.

7. Create working systems and structures for delivery and controls.

Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Which invariably suggests and teaches that two third of our time should be wisely invested in planning and preparation. This is because execution becomes precise and clinical when you’re fully prepared by your wise planning.

I pray that you’ll be baptized with the Spirit of Wisdom that empowers for strategic planning. Thereby, resulting in the fulfillment of your vision.

To planning,

✝️Tochukwu Kemakolam

Prime Minister


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