In episode #10 of “Yates in Your Face” (#YIYF), Greg Yates talks about the pitfalls of designing a “perfect plan” for your vision, and why incremental progress creates faster results.

Creating an infallible plan for your team is impossible. There will always be variables that are out of your control. The path to success is created by daily effort. What you created today is the foundation that you will build on tomorrow. No matter what obstacles are thrown at you, the daily progress you make will lead you towards implementing your vision.

If you feel stuck and your plan is failing to create momentum, Episode 10 of “Yates in Your Face” will help you course correct and start moving towards the finish line.


Everyone is looking for that perfect plan. Don’t tell me… you’re “so close,” you can feel it!

Been there. Done that.

If everything would just fall into place, you could share the vision, leave the meeting with clarity and everyone could jump right into action following your lead.

I’ve got news for you. There is no “holy grail.” Especially not when it comes to dictating traction into the perfect plan. I’ve tried. You’ve tried.

The Paper Plan

The government is the classic failed attempt. Talk about unclear on the concept. Let’s spend a billion dollars drafting the perfect plan with hundreds of thousands of pages on how it will be implemented. Let’s make it a law and create punishment if it isn’t done this way. Nobody has ever actually done it, especially not the ones writing it, but if it all works out on paper, then it has to be great, right?

We’ve all tried it. We lay out the perfect plan, the ideal vision and we are certain that if people would just accept our vision and follow our plan to the letter; it would succeed.

The problem is, IT’S NOT POSSIBLE!

We don’t live in a vacuum. We don’t control all the variables! It all works out perfectly until we actually release it into the real world.

Commander’s Intent

Every military leader can tell you a battle plan is no longer accurate the moment the conflict starts. It immediately becomes a new application of “intent”. They call it the Commander’s Intent.

You can’t know every step but you must know the intent. If you know the intent, you have the ability to adapt to achieve it. It wasn’t wrong to plan but the plan must be dynamic. It must change constantly.

All traction exists one step at a time, where the rubber meets the road, where your feet are planted and your body and mind are exerting force IN THE MOMENT. You have a vision. You know the intent. But unless there is steady mental and physical leaning into that objective, it won’t happen.

We live in a world that wants to starve the weight off, hit the home run, and raise our children in five easy steps.

Answer me this, which is harder, having a vision or implementing that vision?

It takes small steady steps to scale the mountains of life. To reach the summit requires consistent, incremental footholds that you keep repeating and repeating until you’re over the top.

Having that perfect plan isn’t the answer, it only begins the process of asking the right questions. Any great vision will see daily iterations until it becomes a reality. Visions become real when the traction of daily, incremental steps make it happen.

Don’t get STUCK trying to design the perfect plan. Create a vision, identify the smallest possible incremental steps toward it and commit to daily traction. The results will be greater than you ever imagined.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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