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Planned or Impulsive?

August 20, 2008

“Those who fail to plan, should plan to fail.”

“Prior planning prevents poor performance.”

There are two ways to express the importance of planning ahead.  Whether we are talking about time, money, or objectives, it is very helpful to think about what we want to accomplish and then make plans about how to achieve our goals.  Very little will be accomplished by accident.  We do not have enough time or money to do everything and so, choices must be made and goals set; and plans laid out and followed.

I can sometimes get carried away with this sort of thinking.  In the Marine Corps,  “Accomplish the Mission.” was the number one objective and I still easily lapse into that mentality.  I can focus my eyes on the goal to the point that I am oblivious to the moment, or current circumstances.  This is not a good thing.  We live in the moment and it is not all about the goal.

There is a place for the impulsive.  The times when you should adjust your plans, or set them aside momentarily.  Having everything planned out in advance makes for a rigid and inflexible lifestyle in which one may feel trapped or suffocated.  There should be some flexibility in our lives. 

As in most things, the key is to find the balance.  Good planning is important.  Flexibility and spontaneity are also important.  Incorporating both into our lives will make them more enjoyable and rewarding.

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