I bet you’ve lost count of your plans that have failed. This isn’t some sort of condemnation or a reminder of your losses, but you have to read this so you’d stop failing at your goals. Let me expose you to the truth; some things you tag plans are not actual plans. They are only a list of wishes that time revealed were useless and unworthy of your efforts.
Before you ask me, let me tell you concisely what a plan is. A plan is a list of intended actions linked together to help you achieve a set goal. Plans are the connecting dots between your goals and result. Note that a plan has stages of operation and strategies that relate one to another. Note again that a plan is nurtured to achieve a goal. This brief description explains the disparity between plans and goals. If you would check your failed plans, you’d discover that they lacked a target, there was no goal.
A plan that must work must have a bearing and landing. The bearing is the “road map” while the landing is the goal. A school student intending to top the class at the end of the term has a goal. Here, planning involves the steps he/she must take in order to achieve the objective. Adequate reading, research, self-test and speed training are a few of the prerequisites he/she would employ. To live a happy and fulfilling life, you do not only need to plan, but you must also bear in mind that these presumed plans must yield results.
The points you are about to read would give you insights on why your previous plans failed:
1. Specificity and Reality: You can have a great plan flushed down the drain simply because you didn’t take time to specify the “how and when” of the plan. A plan that must work must be narrowed down to precision and tendency for possibility. Every new year, people draft goals and make plans but they omit little steps that can cover the distance between their goals and reality. That plan of yours that failed might just be due to vagueness or ambiguity. When drawing out your next plan, be specific, state clearly what you want done and how.
Below is an example to help buttress the point: Preparing to get married could be your goal while sourcing for money is the plan.
Being specific is having a template like this:
2. Record and Timing: Are you aware some plans didn’t actually fail? They are probably still hanging. The reason is no time was alloted to it’s fulfillment and there was no track record of your progress. If your plans must yield result, it must be given a time of execution. Plans have birthdays, they should have achievement dates too.
3. Flexibility and risk allowance: I can say assuredly that your previous failed plan because it lacked this. You need to be sensitive and understand that plans don’t just fail. Certain mistakes must have triggered the failure, be sure to make corrections and edit where necessary. Another thing to prepare for are risks. Just like eggs break even when kept in crates, your plans can flop too. You must have something to fall back on should your plans go south.
4. Awareness of External factors: Certain circumstances affect our plans and we shouldn’t be carried away. They could be government policies, religious contents, the weather or the economic situation. Ensure you put these into consideration when drafting out your agendas.
5. Support Network: Support networks refer to people who know about your plan and are as enthusiastic about it as you are. They give you the courage and cheer you up when your plans are falling off. They are there to remind you of why you started in the first place.
There exists a host of other factors, however, this last point is very crucial. When you have good companions around you, you’d be motivated to carry on. Have I added value to you? If yes, kindly share.
Writer: Faith Kehinde