My business philosophy basically is pray, pray, pray and plan, plan, plan.
Mark Batterson writes in “The Circle Maker” the following:
“One bold prayer can accomplish more than a thousand well laid plans. So go ahead and plan, but make sure you circle your plans in prayer. If your plans aren’t birthed in prayer and bathed in prayer, they won’t succeed.”
Lee Iacocca former Chrysler head gives advice on making a list. He wrote: “What do you want to do? What do you want to be? What do you want to have? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to go with? How in the heck do you get there? Write it down. Go do it. Enjoy it. Share it. It doesn’t get much simpler or better than that.”
Aristotle shared his list of how to succeed in life. “The way to achieve success is first to have a definite, clear, practical idea-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends-wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”
One of my favorite uncles, Dr. Erskine Parks, went on scholarship after WWII to Harvard business school where he earned a Ph.D. in business. Years later I asked him, “ Uncle Erskine, what was the most important thing you learned at Harvard?” He answered, “To Make Lists.”