Why is it that the simple things of this life are so hard to grasp sometimes? I was listening to Zig Ziglar a couple of days ago and he asked the question, “How can you hit a target you can’t see?” He then asked a deeper question. “How can you hit a target you don’t even have?” The simple thing that has been hard to grasp? I need to have a plan. Not just in my head. I need to keep it in front of me where I can see it. Where I can’t ignore it. How do I expect to get anywhere without it?
“Without a plan, you cannot beat your competition.” Fran Tarkenton The truth is, without a plan, you can’t do much at all.
I was riding my motorcycle back from work today and had this thought, ‘ What if I planned my monthly budget out six months in advance?’ I about fell of my bike because of the simplicity and the profoundness of this thought. We are so programmed to live for today aren’t we? Do you see this in your own life? I know I see it in mine.
I wonder if that is why many people settle for living from paycheck to paycheck? Is it they don’t know how to make a plan for their money? Why do so many people say they want to start a business and never do? They fail to plan. If we don’t know what we are going to be doing tomorrow, how on earth could we be successful in business where you have to forecast sales and schedule clients?
So, I am making a commitment to myself right now. I am going to make a solid plan for the next 4 1/2 months. I am going to use the fire out of my outlook and my iPhone calendar. I have the eerie feeling that this simple paradigm shift will cause a firestorm of productivity that I have never known.
On a side note, I read this blog post by Michael Hyatt today about To-Do lists. Check it out.