You Become in the Doing

You Don’t Have to Have It All Together to Begin

People usually think that you have to have everything all mapped out before you can pursue your dreams, goals, and visions. Many people think that you have to anticipate every situation before you can begin. But if you do it that way, you will never start. Because you can never be prepared for everything. You just have to be ready to begin. You will become who you need to be in the doing.


While it’s important to have an idea of where you’re going to go, nothing ever happens according to plan. As Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” So don’t be wedded to your plans. But be willing to step out and begin.

You will never know all that you need to know to be successful when you start. You will find that out along the way. The key is to be willing to move forward even if you don’t have it all together. You will learn what you need to know as you progress.

Here are three things that will try to trip you up before you can even begin. So be on your guard against these three success killers.

Six Keys to a Thoughtful Strategic Plan

co-written with Ben Case, Case Consulting Services Inc.

Whatever business you are in, I believe it is mandatory for every company to have a thoughtful strategic plan. When your day-to-day work becomes overwhelming, you need to have a plan that will keep you focused on where you want to go as a company over the long haul.

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A thoughtful strategic plan gives everyone a clear sense of the organization’s direction. Leadership commits to it in writing. Staff puts the plan into action.

Before I started Transformational Impact LLC, I worked with my friend Ben Case at Case Consulting Services, Inc. Ben is reputedly one of the best major gift fundraisers in the world, having helped nonprofits raise more than $4.3 billion in his 40 years of fundraising.

In 2016, Ben Case and I wrote a series on Six Keys to Thoughtful Strategic Planning. Here’s a summary of those six keys.

De-Mystifying Strategic Planning

Three Basic Steps to Developing a Strategic Plan

Strategic planning seems overly complex to many people. There are many different methodologies to choose from in approaching the strategic planning process. But there are basic steps involved in all strategic planning processes, and understanding those steps will help leaders in de-mystifying strategic planning.

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Many organizations don’t take the time to do strategic planning because they don’t understand it. Because it sounds more complex than it really is.

Here are the basic three steps to understanding and de-mystifying strategic planning.

When Is The Right Time for Strategic Planning?

It is always important to think about the future of your business.  But when is the right time for strategic planning?

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The short answer to that question is whenever you will expect to experience significant change.  And in today’s business world, that can happen frequently.

But it is not feasible to spend all of your time planning and none of your time executing.  So here are three specific times when it would be the right time for strategic planning.

How to Get the Best Strategic Planning Results

As you prepare to do strategic planning, you will get out of it what you put into it.  That’s why it’s helpful to think through how you can get the best strategic planning results.

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Knowing the results you want to have at the end will help you in your preparations.  And knowing what could derail it will help you to avoid some pitfalls that can happen during your strategic planning session.

Strategic planning will require two full days, so you will no doubt want to use the time as productively as possible.  Here are three pointers for getting the most out of your strategic planning results.

20 Questions to Help You Discern Your Calling

God has placed a calling on your life.  He has created you to do something.  But it’s difficult to figure out exactly what that is.  Or is it?


God has given you ways that you can find out what He wants you to do.  Because He has hardwired you to thrive in certain situations.

The search for your calling in life mirrors your search for the heart of God.  God wants you to seek Him with all your heart and in the process you will learn more about yourself.

Here are 20 questions to consider as you seek out your calling.

Six Questions to Ask in a Progress Assessment

It’s good to know if you are making progress in your life.  So every now and then it’s helpful to stop and reflect—and conduct a progress assessment.

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When reflecting on your own, you may think everything is fine.  Or everything is awful.  But it’s usually not one way or the other.  Usually you will see both positives and negatives in your situation.

When making a progress assessment, it’s good to have someone else asking you questions.  But they need to be questions that will help you get clarity.  So here are six questions you can use to conduct a progress assessment.

Why You Should Prepare a Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is a necessity for any business endeavor.  I have seen the value it provides for client organizations and companies I have worked with.  But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what Bruce had to say.

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Bruce chairs a nationwide association.  At a panel discussion he and I were on together at their national conference, he talked about the strategic planning process I had led for him and his board.  And he told the members at that session that he would be remiss if he did not encourage all of them to have a strategic plan.

If that still doesn’t convince you, then here are three reasons why you should prepare a strategic plan.

Ground Rules for Successful Strategic Planning

Whenever I begin a strategic planning session with a client, I always give the board and executive leadership team the ground rules to make the time as productive as it can be.

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Before I lead a client through this process, I don’t know exactly what kind of organizational culture I am walking into.  Unless I impose new rules for personal interactions, they will return to their default settings.

Here are the ground rules I have found to produce successful strategic planning sessions.