A few years ago, I’m not sure exactly where I was, but I remember seeing some schools that had just finished being built or were about to be finished, but they already had some trailers outside for classes for students. And when asking them about that, I was told that the reason was, according to the regulation at least in that area when they built uh, the schools they had to build to the number of students they had then, not to the number they would project they have or project that they would have, and so what happened was when they finished building the school they were already beyond capacity because they had grown so they already had to have trailers for students. And that’s just silly, of course, I mean why wouldn’t you build according to projections?
But that’s sometimes how we run our businesses and non-profits and churches as well. We’ll live in reaction mode instead of making decisions based off our goals and missions and where we want to be.
You know, churches may be growing and so they build a new sanctuary, but they don’t build a sanctuary according to the size of where they think they will be, but what they have then, so bu- by the time it’s finished, they’re already over-capacitated and have to, have to have more services. Or they may say they want to reach a certain age group, but they don’t put money or hire people toward that, but businesses do the same things.
They will say they want to move in a certain direction, “Here’s our goals,” but they’ll just hire out of reaction instead of hiring people to project them toward them toward their goals. “Oh, we need a sales person now, so let’s hire a sales person,” versus, “Who do we need to hire to get to where we want to go? What do we need to buy to get to where we want to go? What do we need to cut off to get to where we want to go?”
Instead, as businesses, as organizations, often we’re living in reaction mode to the everyday things and sometimes we do, we have to live in everyday and make decisions some off of that. But our base of our decision shouldn’t be just as a reaction bu- of, according to our goals and our mission and where we want to be, because where we’re looking is where we’re going to go and if all we’re ever doing is looking at where we’re at now as a business and organization, that’s where we’re going to stay.
So my question for you is, “Are you’re actions matching your goal? Or you living in the now or are you focusing on the future?” Because where you look is where you’re going to go.