Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of the NPP for January 2016! As I look back on 2015, I want to thank you all for reading, sharing and commenting on the blog during the past 12 months. While it has not always been easy to post in a timely fashion, it has been an honor to pour information and advice into your nonprofit/small businesses. So as we move into the first quarter of the year, my hope is that the JSW Media Group can continue to be a valuable resource for all of your business needs.
I want to start the blog off this year by sharing a short story. I am recently back from Panama City, Panama, where I spent my birthday and New Years Eve/Day. The trip itself was awesome and the food/culture was just terrific. However, there were some small hiccups during the first days there. Sharing this trip with me were two friends from Atlanta that decided to fly in and celebrate as well. Well, while my flights were unimpeded and worry free, their flights and travel plans were not. Let me explain…
The flights from ATL were late, delayed and cancelled. To top if off, they also had their luggage delayed in from MIA. So when you talk about “travel plans”, this was the definition of having alternate plans! However, they made the adjustments, became flexible to the obstacles and came to Panama with great spirits. The issues that preceded them were not enough to completely hinder the week that was laid out before them.
Well, such in life it is with business. We will have “TRAVEL PLANS” for our nonprofit/business. These plans can include a smooth ride to success, great employees, unlimited donations and grand expansion blueprints. But we all know it is not that easy. There will be delays, lost income, bad employees and at times, reasons to scale back. Given this, we need to make sure in 2016, we have our nonprofit/business “TRAVEL PLANS” ready but also knowing that we need to be flexible. Things are going to happen that we may not like but that should not be the determinant in how we feel or the success that is coming!
Stay committed to your plan in 2016. If you made it through 2015, that’s an awesome sign that you can do it again. Remember, if you need help developing a strategic plan, please contact us @ JSW Media. Do not let the year go by without addressing the issues that plagued you last year.
Have a great start to your day and your year!
Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)