That’s for sure…
How often do the plans we make turn out exactly how we thought?
I grew up watching the A-Team and dreaming of uttering the words made famous by John “Hannibal” Smith (played by George Peppard): “I love it when a plan comes together”.
It usually ends with: “I pity the fool who makes plans!”.
So why even bother with plans? Let’s just chuck it out the window and go with the flow!
You go to a travel agency (hypothetically since people don’t do that anymore, do they?) and tell them that you want to go on a vacation.
The travel agent says: “Great! I’ve got the perfect thing for you and it’s cheap too!”.
The next thing you know you’re on a cargo plane sharing a crate with a pissed off llama. Spit everywhere, you know. A horrible, horrible scene.
Granted, some people are adventurous and enjoy not having a clear idea or path to follow. It’s kind of exciting in some ways but you don’t want to spend the first few days trying to get the smell of llama spit off your clothes.
Ok, so apparently we can’t trust the travel agents taste.
Let’s start with a VISION.
What do I want out of my vacation? Warmth, sun, culture, sea and a good night life. The south of France seems nice (pun very much intended).
There! We’ve narrowed it down!
Now comes the PLAN.
How do we get there? By air? Train? Boat? Air seems just fine.
What do we need to pack? Clothes, toothbrush and a good book. The rest we can get there.
Yay! This vacation is gonna be awesome possum!
We set off. The plane is delayed. Our 5 star hotel has a plumbing accident causing a whole floor to be evacuated and no replacement rooms are available. We have to spend a night in a good but inferior hostel. We lose our wallet and passport.
We have officially struck gold on crap mountain!
Still, isn’t this better than the llama?
The same goes for every part of our lives. Career, love, creative ventures, school, leisure time and more!
Things don’t turn always turn out the way we want, but we make the most of it. We plan and execute. Did it work? No? Go back to the drawing board and try something different. This time we’re a little better prepared.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Blink” he talked about the following gentleman. If you want to learn more check out the book, Millennium Challenge 2002 and this little video:
Lt. General Paul Van Riper – Leadership
Quotes about plans!
“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon
“You can make plans but if the opposition plays well, then all your plans become worthless.” – David Gower
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” – Napoleon Hill