Wednesday, July 28, 2010

If you Fail to Plan....

There is an old Benjamin Franlin that become popular in the performance world when John Wooden, former UCLA Basketball Coach and Motivational Man, use it. It goes "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. How many of us fall into the arena of planning to fail right now?

Now, I will always say that failure is an option, but an option NOT because of lack of planning but because of lack of trying! Big difference.

How do we plan? Why is it important? Well the answer is in the saying. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

I am getting better at planning things out and in some areas I really think I am a good planner. But there are some times when I just want to 'wing it'. I don't feel like planning and think that it will all work out even if I don't think about it. Most of the time that doesn't work and it isn't until after I have wasted money, time and energy that the saying comes back in my head - Fail to plan, you plan to fail.

It doesn't really matter what you are doing, small or large - if you have a plan you are much more likely to be successful. Dinner plans, planting a garden, writing a blog, doing a project, going on a vacation, learning a new skill, finishing your education, finding your passion, or loving another - all have a need for a plan.

Your garden probably won't do great if you plant articokes in Minnesota (trust me I have tried)! Or if you just arrive at the airport with warm clothes and find the only flight available is to Mexico! Or wanting to finish your education degree and never planning how to pay for it! Failure to plan, is planning to fail.

So what is on your plate right now that you are trying to do, accomplish, or get through? Do you have a plan?

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