3RD MESSAGE AT THE GRAND FINALE OF YOUTH 2019 INT’L PROGRAMME BY PASTOR SAM OBIJIAKU
TOPIC: ORGANIZED PLANNING
TEXT: PROVERBS 16:3, 9, 24:27, ECCLESIASTES 3:1, LUKE 14:28
It is a fact that when one fails to plan automatically, he/she though indirectly has planned to fail. Nothing gets accomplished without a well thought out plan. People that are successesful in life didn’t achieve success in an arbitrary random manner. Success to a large extent is a product of organized planning.
WHAT IS ORGANIZED PLANNING? PROVERB 21:5
To organize is means to arrange something in a particular manner or order. A plan is a set of intended actions through which one expects or hopes to achieve a set goal. So, an organized planning is defined as a set of intended actions arranged in their order of importance for the achievement of a particular goal.
In other words; organized planning is a list of things you must do in their order of importance in order to achieve something. It is having your plan in an orderly manner.
For example, let say an undergraduate student of a particular university has a goal to graduate with first class, there are things this student must do in order to achieve this goal. Things like serious studying, doing assignment, attending lectures, asking questions, making research etc. All these actions will greatly contribute to the achievement of his or her goal.
NB: Beyond having plans, organized planning brings into consideration all the compartments of your life (spiritual, financial, academics, marital, health, physical, etc) and how they are interwoven in your plans along any aspect of your life, whereby your calculated action in one direction imparts every aspect of your life positively, such that no area of your life suffers because of the other.
IMPORTANCE & BENEFIT OF ORGANIZED PLANNING:
Proverb 15:22,1 4:8
Everything man creates or acquires begins in the form of Desire. That desire is taken of the first lap of its journey, from the abstract to the concrete, into the workshop of the imagination (mind), where plans for its transition are created and organized. Organize planning therefore is a principal the vehicle that brings dreams to reality if well orchestrated and followed. It can be regarded as the foundation for success in any field. And foundation is fundamental to the success and longevity of any venture. A house without foundation is doomed to fail. It has no future; so, a life or organization that lacks an organized plan has no future. That’s how important organized planning is (Psalm 11:3, Matthew 7:24-27).
Organized planning is crucial to the outcome of your life. Remember, without an organized plan, you will only be wishing or dreaming without the manifestation of your lofty desires. It provides a platform for “pricing” i.e helps you see how any of your plans in one direction can impact outcomes in the other. Like a system, your life commands clarity, precision, order, efficiency, effectiveness and optimal output. Every area of your life is disciplined in relation to the plan. Below are some of the benefits of organized planning:
1. Organized planning empowers you to be in charge of your life and situation. It empowers you to produce results.
2. It brings about growth and development. When there is an organized plan, there is order and order brings about growth, progress and development Act 6:1-7.
3. It reduces or eliminates complete wastage of life and resources (time, money, resources energy etc). You know what to do any point in time, when you are organized (1 Corinthians 6:12).
4. It helps you to save time by identifying what is profitable from what is not. It helps to engage your time productive activities as it relates to your goal Eph. 5:16.
5. It helps you to be focus. When you are disorganized you suffer many distractions. It is people with well defined plan that makes the most of their lives and are focused in life Matthew 6:22-23, Philippians 3:13.
6. It eliminates hate, desperation or panic. When you are organized, it puts you in what to do at any point, there by putting you in command of responses
7. It establishes your life. Just like foundation establishes a house, that how organized plan established your life Matthew 7:24-27.
YOUR LIFE AND HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR PLAN FOR SUCCESS?
PROVERB 6: 6-8
You are an entity with many compartments and your needs come with phases and stages of life, for this reason you must harmonize your goals in all the various aspect of your life (spiritual, physical, ministry material, financial, academics, material health etc). Sometimes, our desires in one of the compartment may clash with the reality in another e.g an apprentice who was recently settled by his master, who is meant to establish his own business, begins to think or plan for marriage, at the same time wants to go back to school and because of zeal wants to go into full time ministry. This scenario is tantamount to confusion and lack of organization. He may have brilliant plans for each but bring all to the table at once without navigating effect of each on the other can be tagged as foolishness, thus, the need for an organized plan.
The most intelligent man living cannot succeed in accumulating money, succeeding in any other undertaking without plans which are practical and workable; keep this fact in mind and remember when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. Build other plans, start all over again.
I. Clarify and be Concise: you must have a goal or goals. In every area life, spiritually, academically, financially, socially, career and business wise, health wise, martially etc. you must have something you want to achieve. Be clear on what you want in each of the above mentioned area of your life. So, write down what you want to achieve in all department of your life. What do you want to achieve in your spiritual life? Health? Career? Business, academic, finance? Write them down.
II. Strategy & Goal Mapping: This is where you bring all your goals in view SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevance and time-bound), setting them in order of priority and dividing them by time – frame (short-time and long-time),
III. Organize: Arrange your action plans in all the things you have written down in number 2, that you must do to achieve your goals, arrange them in their order of importance. That is, which action should come first, second, third, fourth, fifth and so on
IV. Execute your plan; act on the things you have written down to do it and in order to achieve your goal. Without action on your plans, your goals will never see the light of the day. Only actions produce results.
V. Review your progress: Go back to check for consistency, alignment and re-adjust where necessary.
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