Having a plan is helpful. It acts as a map, guiding you along as your life takes shape. It says that you’re going to go places and do things. It says you intend to accomplish something or be somewhere by a certain time. It gives your life structure and purpose. If you saunter through life without a plan, you’ll drift off course without ever knowing it.
Having a plan means you’ve taken a moment to consider what you want to do with your life, and aren’t simply waiting for something to fall into your lap. If you believe you will accomplish great things by just waiting for things to turn up, you’ll end up sleepwalking through life surprised by everything that happens. If you haven’t put together a plan on your own already, these three steps can help you get started:
- Think about what it is you want to do. This is your goal.
- Plan to reach your goal by breaking it down into smaller steps.
- If you won’t reach your goal by tomorrow, focus on what you can achieve towards your goal today.
Remember that if you don’t have a plan you can be proud of, you’ll probably never finish your plan. You need a plan where a genuine desire is driving you to participate in it. This is what distinguishes a plan from a dream. While dreams are things you want to do that often appear unattainable, plans are things you have every intention of doing — and having a plan means you’ve worked out how you will actually do it.
Granted, not all plans succeed. Even when you have a plan to look before you leap, you may still fail to land on the other shore — but isn’t it better that way? Because even if you sank, you can proudly say that you dove in with your eyes on the prize. The alternative is to just follow your nose and end up downstream somewhere. Or even worse, you could simply remain still. You’ll look, and look, and look, then look again — but never actually leap!
So ask yourself: “Will I let myself be completely paralyzed by the fear of failure? Am I too scared to move forward because I’m terrified of making even the slightest mistake?”
Have no fear — just because you have a plan doesn’t mean that you must follow it no matter what. Creating a plan for yourself isn’t making an oath you absolutely must obey. Your plan isn’t meant to be rigid — it should be something that is constantly under review, changing regularly when you need it to. As circumstances change, as you change, so should your plan. The particulars of the plan aren’t important. Having one is.
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