Am I just reacting to situations or do I have a plan?

If our original strategy and plan is successful, it can lead to more growth than we anticipated. While this is a welcome outcome, our focus on maintaining the growth and taking advantage of opportunities can divert us. We shift from executing the plan to reacting to rapid expansion and unexpected problems of fast-moving progress. Shifting into “react mode” can be addictive – the adrenaline begins to flow and the quick, visible results from solving problems are more attractive than the disciplined focus of following a plan. Soon the plan has been set aside and we begin to forget where we are headed. Regardless of the difficulty of stopping work on yet another critical problem or opportunity, we need to step back and re-engage the plan or review and update it so it matches with our new current reality.

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