You know that feeling you get when you have a great idea? When you have been working on something and all of a sudden, you begin to brainstorm and you feel your heart race and your excitement build because maybe, just maybe your idea is something that’s really possible? Maybe your idea is the one thing that will finally satisfy your passion.
This is the moment a goal or a dream begins, the place that tomorrow looks brighter and more promising. This is the opportunity begging for us to “seize the day.”
And some of us do. Some of us seize the welling-up within our spirit and actually move to the next phase because we understand that to settle into this surge of hopeful expectation requires a plan. A plan to flesh out the details, direction and timeline in order to live the reality of our goal.
Yet, how many times we don’t. How many times we go from one thing to the next, never really digging our feet into the foundation of our goal because perhaps the ground is too muddy or too treacherous, full of thorns and muck and obstacles. As quickly as we dared to entertain the possibility, we turned away, buried the potential and chose to settle for less.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.”~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The best way to ensure our goals are met is to intentionally move beyond the initial excitement by creating space for enthusiasm and momentum to build. We create space by developing a plan. And in the planning, we make a way.
Planning directs our efforts instead of spinning our wheels and missing the mark.
Planning gives us a heads-up to expect the obstacles which will inevitably arise.
Planning defines the resources necessary to achieve our goal.
Planning sets us up for success.
Planning is the act of settling for more.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”~ Benjamin Franklin“
The beginning of planning is brainstorming. And it’s important to remember that brainstorming can be stormy and cloudy. Don’t worry if this phase doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s simply a starting point to get ideas flowing and possibilities revealed. Try to make this phase fun and creative by mind mapping or story boarding. Find what works best for your creativity.
Valuable nuggets are discovered through the brainstorming process. And these nuggets will help eliminate the waste and define the necessary. If we stay with the process long enough, we will begin to flesh out a plan.
Once we have a plan, we can fill in the details and build on a timeline. And as we progress through the plan, we then have freedom to choose. We can change directions, rethink, tear away excess or add components. We remain in charge of where we are going and how we will get there.
It all begins by choosing.
We choose to entertain our goal.
We choose to believe in our goal.
We choose to explore our goal.
We choose to plan for our goal.
We choose to settle for more.
And even if we fail, or our goal isn’t as we expected, we can rest in the fact that we did more than just dream….we tried!
What goal or dream fills quickens your heartbeat?
Have you spent time brainstorming?
What does your plan look like?