One of the many pearls of wisdom I’ve gained from the Signals vs. Noise blog is plain talk questioning the notion of “business planning.” Jason Fried writes:
Busting your ass planning something important? Feel like you can’t proceed until you have a bulletproof plan in place? Replace “plan” with “guess” and take it easy. That’s all plans really are anyway: guesses.
So next time you’re working on a business plan, call it a business guess. And that financial plan? It’s a financial guess. Strategic planning? Call it with it really is: a strategic guess. 5 year plan? You mean 5 year guess.
There’s nothing wrong with guessing, dreaming, or predicting, but it’s not planning. Planning’s too definite a term for most things. We often use planning when we really mean guessing. And what we call it has a lot to do with how we think about it, do about it, and devote to it. I think companies often over think, over do, and over devote to planning.
So next time call a plan a guess and just get to work.
Tonight I’m thinking of my best guess for the future of spirituality publishing on the World Wide Web. Where do I see it going in 5 years or more? Where do I see my own contribution landing and within what bigger picture of what the world is evolving into?
My best guess a week ago — a vision of creating a top “Integral blog” — looks like it may be landing within a more expansive vision. Planning is in constant response to a changing environment. What if I’ve been thinking too small?
In a post on August 9, I explained that I want to be the No. 1 blogger in my niche in the U.S., maybe the world, “Whatever that niche is.”
That’s a vision that spoke loudly through me on that particular day, but one that overall I hold lightly as one piece of a mosaic of contributions I’ll be making to the world in the next stage of my career. But I still believe that in order to be exceptional at what you do, it’s very important to know your niche.
My niche is “Integral,” but it’s not yet clear to me how this label intersects with a range of emerging evolutionary and progressive and intellectually rigorous approaches to being human in the 21st century. I suspect there may be a more useful way of talking about my niche that can include more people and allow me express my Self without compromise without getting too attached to a particular dialect of spiritual discourse.
Tonight I spent a while on the phone with a friend who offered some insights into how Awake, Alive & Aware might fit into a more expansive vision of world spirituality, enlightenment, and integral development. I’m intrigued by the enriched possibilities that may exist if I revisit the question: what is my niche?
As my blog’s tagline says, I’ve been “blogging for a more integral and conscious world since 2003.” On and off. Much of the off-time has been spent confused about the strategic vision for spiritual communications in a world transitioning beyond postmodernity.
Planning has been next to impossible. Last week’s plans are today’s recyling. The landscape is constantly shifting, and yet a need remains unfulfilled and an opportunity untapped for a blog which really brings fresh thinking to spiritual discourse in America and beyond.
Long story short, in the days and weeks ahead I am entering into dialogue with myself and others about the future of integral spiritual publishing … and how Awake, Alive & Aware can best integrate and lead the way towards a common vision. If something productive emerges from these conversations, you’ll be the first to know.
Meanwhile, I’m blogging as usual. I’m also be putting my plans to open the blog to sponsors and advertisers on hold for just a little while until the dust settles.