How to Plan Your Life Away Without Even Trying

wasting time on a plan, hourglassYou’ve been told that the only way to succeed is to have a great plan.

But here’s what they don’t tell you:

Plans have a sinister side.

Your scheme, schemes against you.

Oh, they start simple at first.

They seem helpful, maybe even comforting.

That’s when you let your guard down.

Then your cute little plan starts to grow.

It takes on a life of its own, becomes more complex and more intricate.

And it stretches its long neck farther and farther into the future, devouring your precious moments, eating up all the time that you were meant to savor.

That’s right, your plan has been postponed.

Your dream has been deferred.

There’s a thin line between planning and procrastinating.

 

I’d spent years preparing to make money writing. I checked out stacks of books from the library and read them two or three times. Each book was essentially a step by step guide.

Yet years went by and I still hadn’t accomplished my goal.

Why?

The simple reason is that I kept acquiring information and planning, but I never put a plan into action.

I know the source of my inaction was my fears.

That’s true for most people.

Planning is comfortable because it allows you to feel like you’re making progress without actually having to put yourself on the line.

Yes, planning is a necessary step, but …

 

  1. Our lives often become broken records that get stuck on the same note.
  2. Plans should constantly be revised along the entire journey.

Maybe you try to calculate every step from beginning to end, and refuse to take any further action until your plan is perfect and fail-proof.

Big mistake.

It’s impossible.

You can’t predict the future.

Life is filled with unexpected detours.

You’ll never know if a plan works for you until you try it. The sooner you try it, the sooner you know if it works.

Perfecting a plan today could also be a waste of time because a year from now your goals might be completely different.

So, don’t waste time trying to perfect a blueprint.

How do people plan their lives away without even trying?

You guessed it.

By not trying. By not quickly putting their plan into action.

Get a feasible strategy, and then get to work!

Take courageous action.

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6 thoughts on “How to Plan Your Life Away Without Even Trying

  1. I definitely needed to read this. I have been procrastinating my next move and calling it planning. Now I’m going to face my fears and move forward. Thanks!

  2. My long term plans almost never work out. Now, I just outline my goals, set small milestones, and keep an eye out for opportunities.

    But every wise move starts with a plan, right? Just don’t get to emotional when it doesn’t work out.
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    • It sounds like you know how to keep progressing. I like the reminder not to get too emotional about our plans. But the key words in the phrase “every wise move starts with a plan” are MOVE and START.

      Peace
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