Proper Planning has great benefits in pursuits where you have control over the outcome, or at least can influence the direction of events. It probably doesn't matter a whole lot if you're just playing the lottery, or pulling a slot machine handle, but otherwise it's worth considering.
The thing that I really like about the original, unabridged version of the military Seven P’s are those two extra words:
- Preparation. Getting ready to execute the plan is every bit as important as crafting it. Your degree of preparation will have the greatest impact on the result. An average plan with superior preparation will smooth rough edges and likely produce a reasonable result. A superior plan with inadequate preparation can be expected to produce weak, even disastrous, results.
- “Piss-poor” may sound crude, but it leaves no doubt regarding the outcome when both Proper Planning and Preparation are overlooked. None of us want to be showered by that most unpleasant result!
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