28 May 2010, by A. Cedilla
- “No plan survives contact with the enemy.” – popular military saying
- “Prior planning prevents piss-poor performance.” – yet another popular military saying
- “Don’t forget to bring your towel.” – Douglas Adams’s fans*
Of these three sayings, the one about the towel captures the gist of this article perfectly. It’s when the plan hits the real world that you need to keep a clear head –and your towel close. Whatever life throws at you, when you know where your towel is, you’re good to go.
Goals are not plans.
Goals are the end point, plans are what you refer to guide you there. If the terrain sudden changes on the way to your goal, you need adjust and very probably go off-book.
Forcing reality to adjust to your plans is a waste of energy. Accept the situation for what it is, without judgment, and get going. What can you realistically do to deal with the situation and turn it to your advantage? Where’s the silver lining?
Plans cannot translate to real life without action.
All the paper and diagrams in the world don’t mean squat if you do nothing to bring them to life. Your monthly goals, your yearly tracker? You still have to fill those up, they won’t write themselves. Continue reading On Adapting To Change