“If you do not plan for the future then you will not have one” – Brian Tracy
There is a common saying that nobody plans to fail but everyone fails to plan. When you fail to plan you make a choice in itself. You making a choice that your future will be in the hands of fortune and chance.
Your life and success will have to come by accident or fortune. The big question is why would the Kings of the ecological systems endowed with so much intelligence want to leave their destiny to irregular incidence?
It never occurs to every person that the road to success can only be through careful and thorough planning. A lot of people associate success with luck and pre-destination which cannot be any further from the truth.
The accomplishment of goals is dependent on one’s ability to execute their plans. In fact the most successful managers today are one that are able to draw relevant and appropriate plans and execute them to the finer detail.
Operational efficiency can be defined as the ability to use available resources to execute company plans that drive the company towards its economic objectives. Nobody will want to hire a manager who cannot from time to time come with plans that are relevant to the circumstance and implement them to push the success of the company.
A company without a plan will fail and similarly a person without a plan will also fail. But why do we need to plan?
The need to plan is pin pointedly captured in the words of ancient Chinese military general and philosopher and author of the classic The Art of Warfare.
“The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat; how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose."
The stark reality is that two out of three people will retire with insufficient funds for their out of work days because of lack of planning and in the same vein research indicate that only three percent of the adult population make it their business and effort to plan for their lives.
These frightening facts basically mean that over ninety seven percent of retirees will have a reduced quality of life because they have not planned and prepared sufficiently for their retirement. The deduction is then simple, a large chunk of this people will have to depend on social security programmes and the burden will be felt by the taxpayer. If government has to invest more money on social welfare programmes it might fail to take of its current obligation.
The casual approach towards life has been found to permeate through the world population. People just don’t plan and live life almost to the dictate of life events.
Personal Development expert Zig Ziglar espouses this attitude when he posits that millions of people around the world spend more time planning about vacations than their lives. When people go for a holidays usually at a place that they do not know they plan to the extreme last detail but yet they don’t do the same about the future.
Yet the only way of making the future predictable is if we create it. Everyone wants to live an abundant, happy and fulfilling life but yet nobody wants to plan for it. The few who rise to the task of planning for the future live a life of fulfilment and joy. Nothing can be achieved without plan, if it is achieved it will be achieved inefficiently by engaging a lot more resources than necessary or taking a longer time to attain.
You cannot afford to leave your life to some chance if you really love it, you must be an active architecture of how you are going to reach your destination.
Planning is the only way you can yourself a greater probability of fulfilling your purpose and living the life that you want and desire.
The problem is that we tend to look at the future as distant or as some far away time that you will never rich but surprise, surprise if you had invested P4000 10 years in an interesting bearing instrument of 15% per annum you would be a millionaire now.
Successful people plan for the future and stick to their plans until they bear fruits. Nothing can substitute the need to plan otherwise the world would be full of people who would not know what they are doing. World renowned billionaire Warren Buffet is credited for his long term investment philosophy and this largely attributed to his “longevity’ approach.
Plan for short term, medium term and long term
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This week Minister of Finance & Economic Development, Dr Thapelo Matsheka approached parliament seeking lawmakers approval of Government’s intention to increase bond program ceiling from the current P15 Billion to P30 billion.
“I stand to request this honorable house to authorize increase in bond issuance program from the current P15 billion to P30 billion,” Dr Matsheka said. He explained that due to the halt in economic growth occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic government had to revisit options for funding the national budget, particularly for the second half of the National Development Plan (NDP) 11.
Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) has this week revealed a gloomy picture of diamond mining newcomer, Lucara, with its stock devaluated and its entire business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A BSE survey for a period between 1st January to 31st August 2020 — recording the second half of the year, the third quarter of the year and five months of coronavirus in Botswana — shows that the Domestic Company Index (DCI) depreciated by 5.9 percent.
Botswana Diamond PLC, a diamond exploration company trading on both London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday unlocked value from its shares to raise capital for its ongoing exploration works in Botswana and South Africa.
A statement from the company this week reveals that the placing was with existing and new investors to raise £300,000 via the issue of 50,000,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 0.6p per Placing Share.
Each Placing Share, according to Botswana Diamond Executives has one warrant attached with the right to subscribe for one new ordinary share at 0.6p per new ordinary share for a period of two years from, 7th September 2020, being the date of the Placing Warrants issue.
In a statement Chairman of Botswana Diamonds, John Teeling explained that the funds raised will be used to fund ongoing exploration activities during the current year in Botswana and South Africa, and to provide additional working capital for the Company.
The company is currently drilling kimberlite M8 on the Marsfontein licence in South Africa and has generated further kimberlite targets which will be drilled on the adjacent Thorny River concession.
In Botswana, the funds will be focused on commercializing the KX36 project following the recent acquisition of Sekaka Diamonds from Petra Diamonds. This will include finalizing a work programme to upgrade the grades and diamond value of the kimberlite pipe as well as investigating innovative mining options.
Drilling is planned for the adjacent Sunland Minerals property and following further assessment of the comprehensive Sekaka database more drilling targets are likely. “This is a very active and exciting time for Botswana Diamonds. We are drilling the very promising M8 kimberlite at Marsfontein and further drilling is likely on targets identified on the adjacent Thorny River ground,” he said.
The company Board Chair further noted, “We have a number of active projects. The recently acquired KX36 diamond resource in the Kalahari offers great potential. While awaiting final approvals from the Botswana authorities some of the funds raised will be used to detail the works we will do to refine grade, size distribution and value per carat.”
In addition BOD said the Placing Shares will rank pari passu with the Company’s existing ordinary shares. Application will be made for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM and it is expected that such admission will become effective on or around 23 September 2020.
Last month Botswana Diamond announced that it has entered into agreement with global miner Petra Diamonds to acquire the latter’s exploration assets in Botswana. Key to these assets, housed under Sekaka Diamonds, 100 % subsidiary of Petra is the KX36 Diamond discovery, a high grade ore Kimberlite pipe located in the CKGR, considered Botswana’s next diamond glory after the magnificent Orapa and prolific Jwaneng Mines.
The acquisition entailed two adjacent Prospecting Licences and a diamond processing plant. Sekaka has been Petra’s exploration vehicle in Botswana for year and holds three Prospecting Licenses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Kalahari) PL169/2019, PL058/2007 and PL224/2007, which includes the high grade KX36 kimberlite pipe.