Plans DerailedAuthor: Byron Pulsifer, ©2012
Great, you have your plan well organized, it is written in specific detail with each action step laid out like a model builder who has all the parts labeled and ready to start gluing each part in the right order.
So, what do you expect to happen as you go along your merry way and start implementing your plan? Well, like most people, I am sure that you expect that each action step lead nicely into the next and so on until you arrive at your final destination. Right?
Well, that arrival at your final destination, though, may become derailed. Now what? Does this derailment mean it is time to give up, or to start a different plan?
Actually, neither one is the correct answer. It is entirely possible that your personal derailment may mean that you were too much in a hurry to get to your destination. Maybe, it just wasn't the right time. Maybe, just maybe you were trying to force a round peg into a square hole. Sometimes, no matter how hard we push, we just run into opposition after opposition, roadblock after roadblock.
I read a story not long ago about what happens when we try and do things but it is just the wrong time. The story was about a farmer who planted his corn crop but it would not grow no matter what he did. He put down the proper fertilizer before he sowed his seed to give it the nutrients it needed. But, still no growth. What was the matter? Well, in this case, the farmer planted his seed in winter - the wrong season. Seems kind of silly and obvious doesn't it? Well, the point in the story was just simply this: sometimes it is just the wrong season no matter how much you desire to plant your seeds.
So, maybe all that is wrong is that you are in the wrong season - maybe it just isn't the right time to proceed with your plan. Do not discount your plan or action. Instead, sit back and take a hard look at your goals. I am not suggesting that there is an exact moment in time to institute your plan for this would be to say that you have to wait until just the right moment. This would be wrong because in a lot of situations there is no perfect time, more a right time.
Do not give up - instead, take a little time to review your action steps and do not expect that everything will fall into place in a normal and orderly fashion. By being persistent and not discouraged, you will find a way to succeed!
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They're willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to perservere in the face of many difficult odds. There's a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they're willing to spend on it." Dr. Joyce Brothers
"Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these." James Whitcomb Riley
"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." Lucille Ball
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