Preparation and Planning

September 19, 2011

It’s understandable that sometimes the best-made plans do not work out as expected.  The point is that there is a plan in the first place.  In Northern Michigan, winters can hit hard.  Are you prepared?

In material items, it’s necessary to prepare your home for cold, harsh weather, make sure you have a long-lasting source of heat and food, and have commodities for safety and survival.  There are times when Mother Nature does not cooperate in letting you get to places where you can find these things.  So having them on hand is a necessary part of life, and the time to start is now.

The same can be said for your path in life.  Do you have a plan, and are you prepared for any pitfalls or obstacles you may face?  Your plan is comprised of your goals and dreams, outlining the steps necessary to reach them.  Your preparedness is in realizing that there will be obstacles to overcome and being prepared to face them.  For example, when you know that a snow storm is coming in a day or two, you make sure that you have what you need to survive until you can clear the snow away.  You know that there is the potential for an obstacle, so you get things ready “just in case.”

In your dreams and goals, you should prepare for that “just in case” situation.  If you don’t get your promotion in a few years, you plan for other options that will still help you to get to that goal.  “Just in case” things don’t go as planned, you are prepared in order to keep moving ahead in life.

You have to remember that dreams and goals are not set in stone.  Achieving them can include different twists and turns in order to get where you want to go.  In other words, your path to success can seem as fickle as Michigan weather.  Even if you are unable to achieve a goal in the time you first planned, you can’t give up.  You have to be able to adapt to the changes you have to make to reach your goals and achieve your dreams.  It’s a sure bet that there are not many people in the world that achieve what they want to do on the first try.  However, they practiced some good preparation and planning in order to succeed at what they do.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Mid & Northern Michigan. We would love to connect with you on Facebook.

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