This is a guest post by Justin Harmon.
How many times have you made a plan and not followed through?
How often do you change your goals to suit your current circumstances?
Our lives change often. Sometimes on a daily basis. When our circumstances change we start to alter our plans.
Think about the last time you made a goal or a plan to accomplish something.
Did you accomplish it? Did it fulfill its purpose? Would you still make it if it didn’t turn out the way you had hoped?
Planning Just to Plan
I can’t tell you how many times I have made a plan to do something, only to either alter it or change it all together. The same goes for goals. I set a goal and then it ultimately changes on the road to completion. It doesn’t matter if it is a long-term or short-term goal; it always changes in some way. The only difference is that the long-term goals seem to change more drastically than shorter term ones.
Not until I started thinking about what exactly I desired for a result of my plan or goal, did I realize that it didn’t matter how I got there. The only thing that mattered was at the end of the day I was satisfied with what I had accomplished.
You see, a lot of the time we do too much planning. So much in fact that when it comes time to taking action, we have either talked ourselves out of it or we no longer desire to do it. I don’t know about you, but this has happened to me a thousand times.
It was always a “what-if” moment.
“What if I had finished school earlier in my life”? “What if I would have been spontaneous that time and did something that altered my plans.” So many questions and not a single answer but, “what if”.
Give Plans and Goals a Rest
I’d like you to try and do something. Think of it as a challenge or dare or whatever. The next time you are doing something that requires you to either make a plan, or set a goal, stop. Stop and either just do it if it is attainable now, or keep it in mind if it is longer term. I am not saying that you should not follow your ideas, I’m merely suggesting you not define an exact path to getting there.
Try and let life be your guide. You would be surprised at how often life will take us where we wanted to go all along. This, of course, is assuming you are actually following where your feet take you. Better said, listen to your desires and just follow them.
Now, realize that making plans and goals are good to do when you need a recipe to get to where you want to be. But, there are times when you should just ignore them and go with the flow.
Without being contradictory, let me be a little clearer. Here’s a small list to clarify.
- Define your objective/s
This is where you make your plans and goals. This is when you decide what you are going to go after and the first steps on how you will get there. Don’t look too far ahead, a couple steps and a good idea of what you want is sufficient.
- Take Action on Them
Once you have an idea of the desired objective you wish to fulfill, take action. Start moving forward and taking action to get the ball rolling, right away. The longer you wait, the easier it will be to change your mind or worse yet, get lazy and say to yourself, “I’ll start next week.” Next week quickly turns into next month, next year, and “what if I would have done that”.
- Make Changes Accordingly
The whole point about not making a set plan or goal is to allow for alteration. When you’re on a journey, there are going to be obstacles that arise. You don’t want to become panicked if the “plan” you had set, isn’t working. If you have in your mind the results you are aiming for, you will be able to alter your plans to keep moving forward towards them. It’s going to happen regardless, you’re just saving yourself time, effort, and disappointment by leaving room open for changes.
Next Stop: Unlimited Possibilities
From the time we’re born until the day we die, we are trying to achieve, accomplish, attain, or reach something. You are either doing this because you want to, or because someone else wants you to. The journey is where you learn the most. It’s the path you are on that makes you the person you are, not the destination.
Life’s not a script, so why follow one? Why make one that you must follow precisely? If you want something bad enough, you will get there. It’s about taking action, moving forward, and always progressing and overcoming what is put in front of you. Although nothing is set in stone, being able to adapt will allow you to keep the pace on where you are going in your life.
Nothing’s impossible. Follow your desires and start your journey. Once you reach your destination, you will know what it means to have unlimited possibilities right in front of you.
About the Author
Justin Harmon writes for Unplugged Recreated. He believes in an integral reality where together we can change our world. Justin also helps people make changes in their own lives which echo into the outside world. Be a part of the journey to Recreate, Restructure, & Redesign Our World.