Are You Planning Ahead? Failing to Plan Means Planning to Fail

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Being prepared and planning ahead can help fast-track your success and propel you into your legacy lifestyle.

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with saying: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” And I agree with him. Being prepared, planning ahead, is one of the most important things you can do to reach your legacy lifestyle. So that we can get to the places that we’re trying to get to, whether it’s trying to lose weight or landing a promotion or bringing in new clients for business, having a plan and being prepared for every eventuality is a great way to help move you closer to your goals.

It’s the same with family and relationships, right? We plan out what we’re going to do for the week, over the weekend, for vacation and holidays, etc. If you don’t have a plan, things can get chaotic quickly, especially if you have kids, and are a busy family.

The truth is, though, that some of us are better planners than others. Some people like to just jump right in, feet first and not bother with a plan. And if that works for you, great. But I’m confident when I say that if you plan your week, even just a framework for your days, you will find that you’re much more productive, and you can move forward much more quickly toward your goals. You don’t have to be good at planning; you just need to be dedicated and make it happen.

There are also people who are great planners. Some of them are so good at planning, and so caught up in the act of planning itself, that they never actually take any action. They use planning as an excuse for not being ready to take action. They just want to go out and plan and plan and plan until everything is perfect on paper. They are content waiting for that perfect opportunity, that perfect moment, but I think we all know that “perfect” on paper doesn’t always translate in the real world, and these people would rather plan all day long and never actually implement the plans they make.

Honestly, the over-planners, need to learn to get out of their own way. They are using the need for the “perfect plan” to keep them hidden. And I get it, it’s a security thing, but you’ll never reach your Legacy Lifestyle that way. You need to plan for the week. In every area of your life. And then stick to it. That’s the only way to create what you want to in your life and your Legacy.

But the under-planners aren’t any better. There is something to be said for a person or business that is ready for any eventuality. And I don’t just mean financially, either. I’m talking about peace of mind, security, sustainable growth. All of these things take a plan, a strategy if you will. It’s great that the under-planners are ready and willing to just execute at the drop of a dime, but moving without a strategy or plan more often than not leads to chaos and then you don’t accomplish what you set out to do.

It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. You don’t need a super fancy planner or any expensive tools. You just need a notebook, piece of paper or a calendar so that you can track the important appointments, interviews, and milestones that you are going for that week. Another great thing about writing everything down is that once the week is over, you can go back and easily see what you did or didn’t accomplish. You can track your progress, and move the needle of your success much more intentionally. Trust me, it matters, and the consistency works! If you plan ahead, you will be living your legacy before you know it. Don’t get distracted by what you see going on around you. You just keep pushing, and you WILL step into your legacy Lifestyle.


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