Having a plan is the first step to success. If you don't know where you want to go ... how will you ever get there? Imagine going on a road trip and knowing where you needed to end up, but not having a map or gps to guide you. You might eventually make it, but you probably wouldn't take the best, shortest or straightest route. Contrast that to a well planned trip. Your business is just the same as the road trip. If you plan out your next year and follow the map (maybe making an occasional detour) you'll arrive at a successful destination. On the contrary, if you just get out there and "do" without a plan to back you up, you'll find yourself tired and disappointed with your final destination.