Plan a little. Act a LOT. Re-calibrate plans when needed, but never cease the action.
Sometimes projects start and they don’t work out exactly as planned. All the hopes and dreams you had for a project were good – it got the project going – but it goes off with a few hitches. Actually, this happens much more often than not, and that’s okay. The important thing is to ACT. Later you can pause to re-calibrate the plan when needed.
The danger is in planning, not in action. We’ve all been there. There is something we want to do, somewhere we want to go, an accomplishment we want to achieve. We plan and plan then plan some more. We want to be absolutely sure that it’s all going to work out before we take the first step. We want to know we are taking every step the “right” way. Then before we know it, the plan has taken us longer to make than the actual event would have to do and we don’t ever end up doing anything.
A Lesson on Planning
Take an example from my life recently: About six months ago, I made a plan with my brother to hike the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim in one day. We planned to hike it October 14th this year. Initially, I was very excited. I planned our route, planned my food/hydration, and planned our schedule around this hike. I spent hours planning the “perfect” grand canyon training program. I’d then follow the program for two or three days, then I’d read some training advice about backpacking that I wasn’t using, re-plan, and spend a few more weeks planning before I started training again. I followed this pattern for months. Wouldn’t you know, October 14th is now this coming weekend and I have hardly trained at all. I do however, have several well thought out plans. None of which I actually followed through on.
My brother will be hiking without me. I’m disappointed in myself and realize now that if I had only taken massive action everyday, no matter what, I would have been ready. Even if whatever method I trained with wasn’t the absolute perfect way, I would have been in a much better place now than I am.
A Lesson on Doing
On the other hand: As soon as hurricane Harvey hit, I decided I was going to help. My husband wanted more time to plan it out before we left. But he also knows me well and he knew that I wasn’t waiting around for him to make up his mind. I was going with or without him. Because he is awesomely supportive, he agreed to packing up and leaving everything behind with only a plan of “we will get to San Antonio then see from there.” The end result was an amazing four weeks in Texas, gutting out 13 homes, and meeting a whole new second family there. It changed our lives for the better in every way.
Pictured: Bobby and I waking up in the truck bed after our first day volunteering in Port Arthur, TX.
I am convinced that timing here was everything. If we had not decided simply to ACT, we may have come to the conclusion that for some reason it wouldn’t work out. I might have been sitting here today still wondering what would have happened if we did go. Thank goodness we didn’t have a perfect plan.
The danger is in planning, not in action. Plan a little, act a LOT. Re-calibrate the plan when needed but never cease the action.
Act now. Do it NOW. Whatever it is you are planning, start right this instant and finish planning as you go. As always, live greatly my friends! Let me know how it goes.