The Plan is Useless, But Planning is Everything

February 10, 2011

A paradox – seemingly.

General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the man who orchestrated the most massive invasion in the world’s history, has this to say about planning:

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless,

but

planning is indispensable.”

Now why would he say that?

That statement is key for those of us that plan.  The reality is that we are pretty terrible about predicting the future, so in practice most plans are obsolete about the time they are finished. However, a strong, ongoing planning process brings such clarity as to our mission, goals, awareness of our strengths & weaknesses and the environment, that it allows us to quickly adjust to the unknown while staying on course to achieve our mission and strategic objectives.

A Spirit-led and prayer saturated planning process is key to organizations that are seeking to glorify God.  This kind of process keeps us in tune with the Lord and ready to quickly adjust at His leading.

We need to remember that we are finite creatures and that God is sovereign. History progresses according to His plan – not ours.

Happy planning!

BG