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And the LORD said unto him, him What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod (Exodus 4:2). For who hath despised the day of small things? (Zachariah 4:10). 4:10) Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase (Job 8:7) You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much (Matthew 25:21).
Outline • What is Strategic Planning? • What are The Processes Involved? – Have yyou discovered yyourself? “SWOT” – Do you have a vision? – Have you made a choice? – Ready to go? – Have you allocated your resources? – Have you reviewed it lately? • How About The Christian Factor? • Last Words?
What is Strategic Planning? What is Strategic Planning? For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, cost whether he have sufficient to finish it? – Luke 14:28.
What is Strategic Planning? WhatÂ isÂ StrategicÂ Planning? It is the process of determining long term goals and then identifying the best approach for achieving those goals. It is the p process of identifying y g a vision for the future and allocating available resources effectivelyy and efficientlyy to achieve it.
Have You Discovered Yourself? Have You Discovered Yourself?
… he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say th t I am?? – Mark that M k 8:27 8 27
SWOT Analysis: Who Am I? SWOT Analysis: Who Am I? • Who do men say I am? • What are am I best known for? • What comes to mind when my name is i mentioned? i d? • Who am I to those around me? • What value do I command? • What is exceptional about me?
SWOT Analysis: Where Am I? SWOT Analysis: Where Am I? • • • • • •
Where am I in life? What do I have? What do I do? What have I been doing? What do I know? What q qualifications do I have?
SWOT Analysis: How Did I Get Here? SWOT Analysis: How Did I Get Here? • How Did I Get Here? • What were myy decisions based on? • What did I do wrong/right in the past?? • What were my constraints? • What helped me to get here? • What can I do differently?
SWOT Analysis: Where Do I Want To Go? • • • • • • • •
What are my talents? What is my calling? What are my desires? What are my aspirations? Where do I want to be? Wh do What d I want to achieve? hi ? Who do I need to become? What opportunities are there for me?
SWOT Analysis: What Do I Need To Get There? h • • • • • • •
God? Ideas? Training/Education? Experience? People? Money? S d? Seed?
You Need A Vision… You Need A Vision…
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it (Habakkuk 2:2)
The Vision Must Be… The Vision Must Be… • • • • • • •
Definitive about your strategic goal Definitive about your strategic goal Clear and unambiguous Long Term and Futuristic R Remarkable, Memorable and Engaging k bl M bl dE i Realistic (With room for the Holy Ghost) ( y ) Inspirational and Impactful Align with set values & Biblical injunctions l h l bl l
Have You Made A Choice? Have You Made A Choice? • • • • • •
Human Needs are unlimited Human Needs are unlimited Opportunities are unlimited pp Yet, your resources are limited You cannot do everything You must make a choice You must make a choice The best way to make money – y y follow your calling!
You Cannot Be Idle! You Cannot Be Idle! But wilt thou know, know O vain man, man that faith without works is dead? – James 2:20 He who does not work, neither shall he eat – 2 Thessalonians 3:10. 3 10 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer – Proverbs 30:25
Ready To Go? Ready To Go? • • • •
Acquire the requisite education Become an apprentice Hone your talent/calling Sacrifice your –Time Time –Energy –resources
You Must Be Diligent: Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand t d before b f mean men – Proverbs 22:29
Have You Allocated Your Resources? Have You Allocated Your Resources? • Optimise Optimise your resources your resources • Start putting structures in place p g p • Store • Hardwares d • Products • etc
Start, Give It Your Best! Start, Give It Your Best! • • • • • • •
Yet a little sleep, sleep a little Commence operations Commence operations slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that Start workingg travelleth and thy want as an travelleth, armed man – Proverbs 6:10‐ 11. Put in your best Make sacrifices Focus on your long term goals Focus on your long term goals Measure your progress y p g Do not be slothful
Have you reviewed your plans …? Have you reviewed your plans …? • Consistent Reviews are needful. needful • Get feedbacks • Remain abreast of latest industry t d trends • Continue to improve yourself
What About The Christian Factor…? What About The Christian Factor…?
Your advantage g lies in yyour inheritance in Christ!
The Law Of Seedtime & Harvest The Law Of Seedtime & Harvest • You reap when you sow • You reap what you sow
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap [Gal 6:7]
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully [2 Cor 9:6]
• You reap how you sow While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and d winter, and d day d and d night h shall h ll not cease [Genesis 8:22]
Always Remember … Always Remember … Money follows ideas. Money does not create anything h at all, ll much h less ideas. Moneyy ggoes where ideas are – Buck Weber