Failure to Plan is a Plan to Fail

Most people don’t set out towards a goal with a plan on failing. Often times challenges in controlling different variables, having too many priorities, or lacking ways to know whether the path you are following is moving towards your goal are causes for failure.

Most of us are familiar with the Benjamin Franklin quote, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Failure to plan leads to poor preparation because you often don’t even know what you are preparing for and/or how you are supposed to preparing.

Planning is part of a winning mindset. How many times do you hear of top level athletes saying something like “Our coaches put together a great game plan and all we had to do was just execute,” or a person who is training for a goal saying, “My trainer put together a good program and meal plan and that made the difference.” Planning on how you will progress to achieving a goal is the best way to plan for success. Think about all the time and resources you have and will spend on training and competing. Do you want to just “wing it”?

Not only does planning help set you up to be more successful, it also gives you a better structure to be able to determine what you can change or improve if your attempt isn’t successful. If you set a goal, make a plan, and aren’t successful at achieving your goal, you can reassess your plan and then determine what you can change to improve your chances on the next try. If you set a goal, fail to plan, and aren’t successful at achieving your goal, it is really hard to determine where it went wrong and were you can improve. Progress with more confidence. Minimize distractions. Make a plan.

  • Drill: Label steps that you feel you may need to take to achieve your goal(s) or dream(s). Write them down.
  • Drill: Identify barriers both internal and external that may stop you from achieving your desired end result. Write them down.
  • Drill: Identify things that you have available that can assist you in achieving your goals. Write them down.
  • Drill: Taking into consideration the barriers and things that you have that can assist you in achieving your goal(s) set a plan for how you feel like you should/could progress along the steps to achieve your desired end result. Write it down.

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