Trying to predict the future is a very difficult task, and often times finance professionals are not prepared for what is ahead for their company. In order to look into the future and prepare for what is to come, finance professionals must look at the past and present first. By creating a framework or a strategy for your forecasting, you can create a series of “what-if” scenarios that can give you a better idea of the future. There are six elements in this framework to detect weak areas in your planning. When it comes to planning and forecasting, it is better to focus on being prepared then being right.