Planning Part 3: This Time It’s Personal

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So it comes to this.  The final requirement you need for a plan.

I’ll keep this short because it is pretty clear.

 

Progress.

 

A plan is nothing without progress.  Really think it out folks.

You can follow step 1, make a plan, write it down, and create it.

You can follow step 2, share it, be accountable, and put yourself on the line.  However, without step three what do you really have?

Nothing.  You have ideas and paper.  The world is filled with people who have ideas and paper, though now it is all Facebook posts but the idea is the same.

Without acting on those ideas you have nothing but intention and that’s not much.  Trust me.

 

So, back to step three…  Can you show me your progress?

Can you show me your work?  Only if you did the work.

Can you show me the change you made?  Only if it was successful.

 

Action and success are the blood and heartbeat of a plan.  Everything up to now has been building the bones and brains of the plan but without the blood and heartbeat of doing your plan is a corpse.

 

So why do I need show progress?  Why can’t I just have progress without showing it others?

 

Because you need to face that fire.

You need to face the criticism and your work will speak for itself.

You need to see those raised expectations and be challenged to start this whole process again.

 

Eat your failures for fuel.  Enjoy your wins and ask “If I came this far, how far could I go?”

 

So here we are… you have plan?  Great, do something!  Every day to get there.

People will tell you that you need to make the choice every day to work on your plan.  I disagree.

You only need to make the decision once.  Your heart makes the decision to beat once and then cannot stop.  Think of your plan and the call to action the same way.

 

I will work out every day.  This will get me to my goal.  This will help me be the best me.  Without this I will be stressed, I will be tired, I will be weak.  I am deciding in this moment I don’t want to be like that anymore.  I am declaring my will to be better.

 

Tomorrow…

 

I don’t feel like it…

I’m tired…

 

FUCK IT!

I’m not dead and it’s not my choice.  I’m not sick.  I’m not going to harm myself.  In fact quite the opposite.  I AM HARMING MYSELF IF I STOP!

I HAVE TO DO IT!

I made the choice in a solemn moment when I set a goal and made the choice.

I MUST DO IT.

There is no choice.  It is the heartbeat of my plan.  Without this my plan dies.  I will not let my plan die.

You do not have a choice.  You made the choice.  Do something!

 

Give LIFE to your plans and be your best selves.

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