You Don’t Need a Plan to Be Successful
I once heard the statement, “You can’t build a house without a blueprint.” I’ve always been taught that you must have a plan to be successful, and I believe that to be true; however, planning can also hinder growth. Here are three reasons why.
- We won’t take action without a plan. This holds most of us back and becomes our excuse for not moving forward in our lives. We feel that we cannot take action without a plan and so we hide behind that excuse. It becomes an invisible barrier so thick that it immobilizes our lives and forces us to become stagnate. Here’s the truth, it’s okay to take action without a plan. Often, it’s the action itself that gives us clarity to start formalizing a plan as we are moving. We begin to discover things that we did not know or could not imagine until we began to move. It’s the results of our action that informs us of what we need to do in order to achieve success. This information becomes the basis of our plan and could only be discovered through action.
- Plans don’t allow for creativity and flexibility. When we do finally formulate a plan, it becomes sacred and the ultimate blueprint of our journey, even as variables change and the plan becomes obsolete. We tend to hold on to our plans so tight, that we refuse to recognize the need to make adjustments and change some of our original thought patterns. Our plans become our prisons and stunt our growth. Plans are useful if we recognize that they are merely guidelines that should be written in pencil. We must be willing to alter our plans as we gain more information along our journey.
- Planning can be overwhelming and scary. It’s daunting to sit down and plan for the future. There are so many unknowns. Facing the facts about our situations and beginning to examine critical decisions about our future can be terrifying. It’s easier to put off this task for another day and go about tending to what we know and to keep life simple and predictable. So, we put off planning for another day, or maybe another week, and eventually another year, until we slowly give up dreaming altogether and find ourselves in a rut filled with regret and bitterness.
So, what can we do? I suggest we take one step towards a goal that has meaning to us and do that daily. It doesn’t have to be a huge step, just a small one that will move us a little closer to what we desire. Ask yourself this simple question every day, “What can I do today that will make a dent in my goal?” Take that step each day and allow life to open up to you and follow the “bread crumbs” that life will leave you along the way.
Once you gain momentum, then you can begin to formulate a solid plan, but never allow planning to be the reason you are not moving towards your goal. What are you going to do today to move towards your goal? Go do it!