“Everyone has issues, and if someone says they do not have an issue, that is their first issue.” This is one of the greatest truisms that I have experienced in leading hundreds of leadership development processes.

The first step in every leadership development process is for the leader to tell his or her story. And in every story the leader/individual has an issue or challenge in their life. Those issues include physical, emotional, career, financial and relationship challenges to name a few.

This learning has taught me several things. First, it helps me put my challenges into context. Everyone has issues, so my issues are not any more or less important than theirs. Second, I recognize the need to be more compassionate with every single person because they have issues going on in their life as well.

But one of the greatest learnings that I have experienced from this truism in life is that most if not all issues can be resolved through a plan carried out by the right talent.

Here are some examples where this simple concept is in action:

» The Green Bay Packers are striving to win the Super Bowl by having the right game plan with the right talent.

» You resolve a health issue by having the right doctor execute the right plan.

» A job seeker lands the perfect career through the right plan to match his natural talents.

» A person mends a relationship through the right plan and their talents to implement it.

» A high school or college student defines their career by wrapping their natural talents around a passion in their life.

» A company leadership team completes an acquisition of a competitor through the right strategy carried out by the right talent.

» An entrepreneur turns an idea into a profitable business through the right plan with the right talent.

» A family business passes the leadership and ownership of their business to the next generation through the right plan completed by the right talent.

» A business achieves its 2018 goals and budget with the right plan executed by the right talent.

Are you seeing a pattern here? Having the right plan with the right talent applies to all areas of life, both business and personal.

In my 20 years of developing business, career and life plans, I have seen very few issues that can’t be resolved through a plan executed by the right talent. Now I’m not saying it is always easy. But the key is to start today. Define your issue, outline the plan to address it and get the right people involved to make it happen.

To create the plan, write down your goals you want to accomplish around this issue and the action plans needed to achieve those goals. Keep it simple by sticking to a one-page plan. Next decide what talent you need to help you execute the plan. Is the plan only executed by you or do you need the talent of others to get it done? When putting the talent together to execute a plan we recommend that you use behavioral science assessments to help you understand the talents and skills of those involved in carrying out the plan (including yourself). You can have a great plan, but if you don’t have the right people it’s not going to happen.

What are your greatest issues and challenges? Do you have the right plan and talent in place to resolve them? Position yourself for the best year yet in 2018 by getting to work on those greatest challenges that are holding you back. Remember, those who plan — have fewer issues.