Every December about this time I pull out the January version of my annual business plan. It’s always extremely instructive to see just how well everything worked out. To see, after nearly 4 decades as a businessman, just how astute I’ve become at anticipating all the “stuff” that would happen.
And if I do say so myself, 2013’s reality was closer to my 2013 plan than any other year ever!
That said… The sketch below (shamelessly stolen from a tweet by someone I follow) provides a very accurate portrayal of yours truly’s performance against plan:
Thankfully Mom never said it would be easy. Both my parents – thankfully – made it pretty darn clear that “life intervenes,” like Murphy’s Law, in the wrong way and usually at the worst possible moment. And frankly, I really don’t want it any other way. What would be the fun in that?
So go ahead and assess plan vs. reality for your 2013. And start gearing up for another wild ride in 2014!