The Single Sheet Of Paper That Can Build Your Dream Business
Napoleon Hill, author of Think And Grow Rich, famously wrote, “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”
It sounds too simple to be useful.
That’s exactly what Garret thought four years ago.
Then he wrote his first Simple Success Plan and grew his company 65% in just one year.
During that year he also paid off all his debt and took his wife on a vacation cruise.
In the next three years, using that same written plan, Garret grew his company over 400%. And he is still going.
My favorite part of Garret’s transformation is how much time he now has to be a volunteer firefighter and search and rescue dog trainer. He is living his highest dreams while his business runs smoothly in the background.
What if you could put your plan in writing like Garret?
Imagine having a single sheet of paper to focus your thinking and actions.
Imagine have a blueprint to build the business you always wanted.
Best of all, imagine having a plan that clearly helps you make the right decisions every single day so you stop wasting time and money on the wrong actions. Whether you are just getting started or have been at it for a long time (Garret did his first plan 10 years into his business)… you can stop winging it and get laser-focused now.
That is exactly what Garret did and you can do it too.
What could you accomplish with a detailed plan of what and how to build your dream company?
Creating a single page “blueprint” for growing your company is far easier than you think.
In fact, you can start right now. Download a free sample one-page success blueprint right below.
The basic blueprint consists of four key parts:
This is the base of your company, the solid structure that underlies everything else you build and accomplish. The foundation consists of your Core Values and your Vision for what you ultimately desire.
Take a moment to write down the most important beliefs that are held in your company regarding how customers are to be treated, how employees should interact with each other and any other values you want to instill in your company.
Now, in as great a detail as you can, write out your vision for what you want to build. How big? How much money? How many employees? Who will you serve and how? Get clear on what you want and it is far easier to have it.
Targets and Goals:
Since your vision is likely very big, choose milestones give you more concrete and achievable steps along the path to your vision.
Set a few long-term (3-5 year) targets and a few short-term (1-year) goals.
Areas of Focus:
These are the key areas of your business that must change in the next year if you are going to hit your goals. Think about where you need to invest your time, money and other resources so your goals will get done. Choose no more than five areas of focus such as marketing, product development, systems and processes, etc. Be broad in your choices – you can break them into projects later on.
Change can be hard so you want to add something to your plan that keeps you on track and excited through the change.
Having a short list of key metrics to ensure you are on pace for your goals is one of the drivers. What will you measure weekly to ensure you stay on track for your annual goals?
An annual theme can also keep you motivated and fired up in the face of challenges and adversity. Choose a short, meaningful phrase or word that inspires and motivates you to push through obstacles.
Once you have your basic blueprint laid out, you can then start breaking your key areas of focus into “punch lists” so you can get everything done on time and on budget.
Start by taking your areas of focus and breaking them into quarterly projects. A quarter is enough time to get big change done but not so long that you get distracted or defeated.
Next, take each quarterly project and break it into discreet tasks that need to be done to accomplish the project.
This becomes your “punch list” that gets done each week to keep you on target for hitting your goals. The great thing about a punch list is that you can hand parts of it off to other people to do, just like a job foreman hands off work to plumbers, electricians and carpenters on a house site.
That’s it! You have planned your entire business, a complete strategy on just one sheet of paper.
What are you waiting for? The longer you wait to plan, the more money you leave on the table.