Issue #121

Make a Plan

So many young people say, 'I'm just going to see what happens.' It's so much more powerful to make things happen and have a plan. — Kathy Ireland
Gray notebook on a desk labeled "Life Planner".

Being spontaneous and accepting whatever comes our way can be a tremendously positive and introduce a lot of excitement into our lives. Just do your thing and let opportunities present themselves, let life take you where you need to go.

This sounds wonderful and it can often be the right choice. But it can also be a source for a lot of frustration, anxiety, and uncertainty.

You’ll never know what to expect, you’ll never know if your path is taking you closer to your desired destination, you might feel like you’re not accomplishing a lot and you could even end up discouraged because of it.

To alleviate some of this pressure it might be useful to create an outline, a basic plan that you’ll stick to on any given day, week, or a year.

Of course, the plan should serve just as a guideline, not as a rule set in stone. If it changes, you should accept it and change with it. But generally, it will give you a direction, a sense of purpose, and a clearer path to accomplish what you set out to achieve. And just as well, many mundane tasks and obligations will in light of this seem easier and less stressful.

So go ahead, plan away, but don’t cling on to it at all costs.

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