You Need a Plan

One of my favorite sayings is this (a slight paraphrase of T. Boone Pickens): “An idiot with a plan will beat a genius with no plan every time.” Whatever situation I find myself in, I always have a plan for what my goals are, and what I’m going to try to get there.

Having a plan is so important, because if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there. The only way to know if what you’re doing is working is if you have a plan and objectives you can measure your progress against.

But at the same time, the plan is not everything. You create a plan, and you start there, but you have to be willing to adapt your plan to what is actually happening. If you start working and find that something isn’t working, you can’t just keep on doing it just because it’s “in the plan.” You have to adjust and try something else. You need a plan, but one that is flexible and can be changed when you realize there’s a better way.

As a quarterback, we worked hard each week on a game plan. I would sit in meetings with our offensive coordinator and talk about the different plays we wanted to run, and how we wanted to approach the game against the other team’s defense. But once the game started, we had to be ready to adjust whenever the plan wasn’t working. We might go into a game thinking we would be able to run against the other team, but if the game started and we weren’t running effectively, we had to be ready to change the plan on the fly. Maybe their plan was specifically focused on stopping that part of our team, and we needed to instead take what their defense was giving us rather than sticking to what we expected. Game plans didn’t just change from game to game, but from quarter to quarter, and from play to play!

It’s all because the most important parts of the plan are the goals. Where are you trying to go? Even if your ultimate destination remains the same, your plan for how to get there can change along the way, as you find better and more effective strategies for achieving those goals.

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Diana Erbio
6 years ago

I agree, having a plan and adjusting it when the plan does not seem to be moving you towards your goal is so important in life. A healthy does of persistence is also definitely needed to succeed. Calvin Coolidge had a great quote about persistence. “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always… Read more »

Gloria Sterling
6 years ago

Oops! My bad, the verse referred to is not in Joel, but in II Chronicles 7:14. It speaks to the people who are called by His Name. There are those who believe that was only meant for Israel. Israel was the name he gave Jacob and they are still called by that name. However, it can also mean people who are called by His Name now. Christian. I’m not speaking of “nominal” Christians, but those who are TRUE believers, called by that NAME.

Gloria Sterling
6 years ago

Paule, I believe you “vented” very well. However, I think b.o.’s “lack of a plan” IS his plan, another one to ruin the U.S.A. entirely. Only God can help us and pray for His help everyday and pray for Him to bring our country to repentance. Even Daniel prayed re:the sins of Israel and claimed them as his own because he identified with his own. We are all responsible for the sins of our Nation and need to repent so He can “heal our land” as written in the book of Joel.

6 years ago

Obama has no plan because he is the proverbial “turtle on the fence post.” The ones who put him there have the plan. It is to destroy America and it is working terribly well.

Chapl'n Emory Anderson
6 years ago

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 Here is HIS PLAN with a promise for us now!!

6 years ago

Yes, planning is essential, but just as important is fully understanding the issue you’re trying to address via a plan. Yes, you are correct that in addition to having a plan, one has to actually be willing to execute on the plan once created. Just ask Obama, who once again stated yesterday that he has no strategic plan for dealing with ISIS. Much in the same way he doesn’t have a plan to deal with Iran, the general instability he helped create in the overall Middle East with his “Arab Spring” initiative, North Korea, Putin in the Ukraine, China’s flexing… Read more »

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