Around this day ten years ago, you probably had plans in place for the year ahead.
Maybe you even achieved some of those goals in 2010.
But I’m guessing that you could never have planned for some of the unexpected events, opportunities, twists and turns of the decade you’ve just lived.
Take me for example.
Ten years ago, I was working for a large financial services firm.
I had no plans to build a financial planning practice. I couldn’t have imagined building an on-line community. If you’d told me I’d even be writing this blog, well, I’d have said you were mad.
None of these things were in my 10 year, or even, 5 year plan.
Why is that?
Predicting the future is hard! We underestimate how much we, and the world will change over time. As psychologist, Dan Gilbert says;
Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished. The person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you’ve ever been. The one constant in our life is change.
The fact that any given plan can have a very short shelf-life is also why many people don’t bother making plans and strategies at all.
I’ve heard it time and time again - why bother with all the work involved in goal setting and planning, when it could all change tomorrow?
A valid question.
Planning (done right) is an awareness-generating process. It helps you identify your goals, resources and timelines. It gives you purpose, focus and direction.
And most importantly of all, planning done right, provides the insight to act.
No question, in the 30 years of working to help clients succeed financially, too much talking and not enough doing is the biggest barrier to success.
Celebrated US Philosopher, Elvis Presley, had it right when he said “we need a little less conversation and a little more action please”.
If you are "failing to launch” or just want to do a bit better, here are some resources that may help:
Stop Talking and Start Doing
The First Step In Turning The Invisible In To The Visible
8 Great Questions We Should All Be Asking Ourselves
4 Valuable Reminders From a 2000km Bicycle Ride
What's Your Best Before Date
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