Plan what you want to do. Do not simply wing it as you go. There are so many people who claim they don’t have to plan anything. They say the work best under pressure and can think on their feet. I encourage you to reject that way of thinking. Instead, make a plan so you can do what you want instead of what you have to do.
When you look at your life and think about t tomorrow, next month, and next year, what’s the plan? What is the big picture in mind – get married, start a business, have children, save the world. Having a big picture or a big idea is a wonderful thing. But, that picture is worthless if you do not have a plan for how you are going to make it happen.
Things happen when there are plans in place. The plans do not have to be complicated. Think about it. When you need to clean the house, you create a plan. You will pick up the trash, clean off the counters, and sweep the floors. That is not a deep or complex plan, but it is a plan. You pictured the house being clean. You planned the steps to make it happen, then you did the work. Now the house is clean.
Those same ideas work for every plan for the future you may have. Start with the big picture then plan the steps you need to make the picture a reality. Here is a little step by step plan you can use. Copy this and fill in the blanks.
My Big Picture Plan for the Future is___________________________________.
To make this plan a reality. I will take several steps.
First I will ____________________________________________
Second I will __________________________________________
Third I will ____________________________________________
After I complete these three steps I will have accomplished
When I accomplish this, I will feel
After you complete these questions, you will notice that some of the steps need to be broken down into smaller pieces. If you find this to be the case, do it. Break things down into small actionable steps. Keep breaking down each step into smaller and smaller pieces until they are it sized chunks you can complete one at a time. This is the “how do you eat an elephant” idea. You eat it a bite at a time.
In other words, no matter what it is that you want to accomplish, you can do it. The secret is to make a plan, divide the plan into bite-sized pieces, and then work the plan. You can eat an elephant. You don’t do it in a single sitting. You do it in bite-sized chunks of work. If you do this consistently, you will succeed. You will eat the elephant.
Your life is important. It is the only one you have. Do the work necessary to have the life you want. Make a plan for the future and follow it. If you do you can live the life of your dreams rather than living the life you have settled for.
When it comes to living the life you want to live, you must take action now so you won’t have to go with Plan B. We all want what we want. That is an indisputable fact. Another indisputable fact is that we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes we have to settle, change, or modify what we want.
Create a plan for living the life you want to live. Do your best efforts to make your dream life, your Plan A, a reality. At the same time, create a Plan B. A back up plan. All kinds of things can happen that make it impossible for your Plan A to succeed. In that instance you need a Plan B. Sometimes you may also need Plan C, Plan D, and even Plan E.
Don’t confuse the fact that you may need a Plan B with the reality that if you don’t work your Plan A it won’t come true. Your Plan B should be what happens if you do the best you can with Plan A and things don’t pan out. Plan B should never be what happens because you didn’t do the work to make Plan A come true.
You must take action now to plan what you want to do. Your life is not something you should leave to chance, lack of planning, or failure to act. So, the question for you this magnificent day is what is your Plan A and how are you going to make it happen?
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