Is Having a Plan Important?
(Hint: Where are you right now?)
By: Soulfood Coaching
May 09, 2021
Welcome, we’re so glad you’re here! It can be so easy to feel bogged down by our ‘to-do’ lists, household budgeting, and short and long-term goal setting. All this planning can prevent us from really enjoying the moment, and being present in the journey of our lives, right? It can also be quite overwhelming and scary. Are you one of those people who likes to plan out your days, weeks and even years? Or do you like to stay present, and just follow where the wind takes you? There’s really no right or wrong answer here. Everyone’s different. Just like everything in life, how we feel and what we do, is always up to us. We can’t change circumstances and the people we interact with, but what we can choose is how that will affect our life experience.
So, the question is… why plan? Actually, the better question is… are you happy with where you are now? We’re not just talking about things being okay and good enough. We know you’re grateful. What we’re talking about is feeling real happiness, fulfillment and purpose. Do you have that in your life today? With your family and intimate relationships? With your work life or your financial situation? Do you have balance? Do you often procrastinate? There’s no doubt that when you were younger, you had dreams and aspirations that you wanted to realize and achieve. Maybe it was to find a great partner, live in a certain area, make a great living, have a job you love, do something adventurous… Perhaps you would say, I can’t wait until I do this… or … when I have that…!
How many of us are still waiting for that thing (or those things) to happen, and to get what we want? It’s totally normal for life to get busy and plans pushed back. Other things fill our time and take our energy. Money is spent elsewhere, or put as a top priority. Or maybe we’ve always made the safe decision, following the tried and trusted path. So again we ask - are you happy with where you are now?
Where you are now is a direct result of what you planned (or didn’t plan) many years ago. It actually goes so much deeper than that. When you think about what you want, you’re able to visualize having it. That’s what gets you so excited - how it will feel to have it, and how your life will be affected by having it. When you think about what you want, it starts the process of actually getting it. As soon as you say, ‘I want,’ the next question is, now ‘how am I going to get it?’ There lies the significance and importance of planning! Have you heard the saying - if you fail to plan, you plan to fail? ‘Fail’ might be a strong word, but what it means is that, if you don’t put thoughtful action steps in place and have a clear landing spot (aka date of completion), there is a very strong chance that you won’t get what you want.
In other words, PLANNING IS EVERYTHING! This doesn’t mean you have to be rigid, inflexible and unadaptable to changes and revisions, because that is just no fun. It means you need to set a goal as clearly as you can. First and foremost, set the date on which you want this goal to be complete. This sends a clear message to your brain (body and soul) that you mean business, and have some clear expectations. This end date, depending on the goal, can be a week, a month, a year or even 10 years from now, but it’s monumental in order to achieve what you set out to accomplish. So, what is it for you? What do you want? Right here and now, declare it! Whether you write it in your journal, tell someone you trust or scream it from your window, declare it now!
Great!! So how did that feel? If you have butterflies in your stomach, are a little lightheaded, nervous or scared or even feel like you may puke… PERFECT!! Those feelings are telling you that you’re on the right track! They are a manifestation of your excitement, of the anticipation that you might actually get something you’ve always wanted. Are you smiling right now, because we sure are! Congratulations!! This is the first step in what will be a well-thought-out plan of execution, to reaching a goal by a certain time. Say it with us, YES!
Now, you have a goal with a completion date. You’ve declared it, and you are probably having some sort of physical, or emotional reaction. All totally normal, expected and wonderful. Anyone who really wants something, and believes that getting it is a definite possibility, will react in some way. Don’t judge it, just feel it and let’s keep going.
Now comes the meat and potatoes. Actually, we’re vegan, so let’s call it the beans and veggies, haha. This is the body of the plan, always keeping in mind WHY you want to achieve this, and HOW it will make you feel to achieve this, and how your life experience will then be changed. Let’s call this your mission statement. Write out the answers to those questions, and let’s keep that at the top of the page of wherever you are writing this, for a quick and easy reminder and motivator. Next, we want to create an outline of important action steps, with due dates or times next to each one, and detailed instructions that will help us be successful in achieving them. Simply put, we’re creating a production schedule using our end date and working backwards.
The final step to successfully seeing your goal come to fruition, is keeping yourself accountable. You can make the clearest, most attainable plans, but if you don’t do all the little steps in the time you’ve carefully mapped out, then nothing will happen. Your plan will never get off the ground, and you will feel defeated and quickly retreat back into the mindset of fear, complacency, good enough, procrastination and feeling discouraged. Make sure you have someone who will hold you accountable, so you are sure to move forward, ever closer to what you’ve always wanted.
It’s completely achievable. It’s always been there for you. What are you waiting for?
Make your plan and DO IT!!