Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning Without Wisdom

Strategic Planning is critical. It's often useless, however, if you cannot connect wisdom with your strategy. I should know, for I've done it far too many times.

When you put the two translations together from Proverbs 19:2, it's quite interesting the perspective you gain about life, passion, strategic planning, and mistakes made.  

Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.

Zeal, passion for a cause, or even the best ideas, often can be strategic planning in the making that is void of the critical ingredient of wisdom. A burden for a cause, without knowledge of how to carry it out, is something I know a lot about!

Sometime around 1999 God began to give me a vision for reaching a particular people group. A tribe missing from the steeple life ... hunters.

God began giving me a vision to reach hunters with the gospel and to empower Jesus-following hunters, specifically, to use their passion for God in harmony with their passion for the outdoors. The problem was, I didn't have a clue on how to go about doing it.

Yes, I could argue that when you're plowing new ground, you're going to hit rocks beneath the surface. That's the risk of plowing. That's just part of the deal. You learn how to spot bad ground only by experiencing bent plow blades. So, making mistakes is, in fact, a valuable education within strategic planning process, because failure is something must happen on the road to any level of success.

Passion is mission-critical to a life that counts, yet what happens when you have no knowledge to accompany your passion is you spend your zealous energy recklessly ... and that's what I did. Often. You take a shotgun approach to life rather than a rifle approach.

What I've found over the years is that "enthusiasm without knowledge" translates into a lot of money wasted, relationships that get strained, and dreams that get drained. Passion for a cause can cause you to shoot first, and aim later.

Shotguns certainly have a place, but not in terms of longevity.

Jason Cruise is a published author and speaker.
He's the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel.

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