We all have goals. There are goals and then there is what we do to accomplish them. That is the plan. With the goals we set, the key often lies in our tenacity. The treasure at the end of that rode is found with perseverance no matter what happens along the way.
The plan is tried and true, like the goals. Except the plan is good right up until things start. Then all hell breaks loose. With our goals in our sights and the commitment to them firm, we must be willing to adapt our plan to get there. Five star General and US President, Dwight Esienhower, said it best when he said, “the plan is useless, but planning is essential.”
What happens if your goal is to loose 50 pounds in the next year and you’re plan is to train religiously five times a week at 8:00 AM?Routine is key to success, right? But, what happens when changes at work make that schedule impossible? Is the year end goal of being 50 lbs lighter out of the picture?
The key is to adapt. Another famous military quote encompasses this idea well with, “Every plan is good until the first shot is fired.” Success, then, is often about our ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome. The process of planning is both prerequisite and valuable, but the need to change it is inevitable.
The goal to loose 50 pounds in the next twelve months is still made possible, if one can quickly change his/her plan. That would look like moving one’s workouts to a morning on the weekend and a few times in the evening during the work week. The goal is solid, but the plan couldn’t look more different. Problem solved!
My advice: Set the goals. Iron out the foolproof plan. Be ready for change.
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