To Plan Or Not To Plan

The lyrics to John Lennon’s song “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” include the famous phrase “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” As mystical and tragic as this seems, there’s an even more tragic and profound truth: Life is what happens to you when you’re busy NOT making other plans.

Each of us is given 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 365 days in a year, and an unknown number of years in our lives. That time will pass whether we manage it intentionally or not. If such a realization is alarming, the antidote may be to reach for a calendar.

Plans give goals a much better chance at becoming reality by plotting the steps necessary to achieve each goal on an actual schedule. Knowing exactly what needs to be done next and by when prompts us to use our days accordingly. If we apply the necessary discipline and execute wisely, the small pieces of the puzzle come together and the goals are accomplished.

Not making plans generally results in a life spent aimlessly wandering. Planning, however, can be the vehicle to great achievement and fulfillment. Imagine that.


The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.

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