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Don’t get too attached to the legality of your plans.
How often do we write a plan and it works no matter what happens?
The answer is never. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to make plans. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make our plans intending for them to work perfectly every time. It just means we need to be real in our expectations during our planning.
Real life doesn’t happen in planning. Real life happens when things get dirty. Real life happens when ideas move and become action.
When we take action, we learn. We learn about the plan and the process. If we are set on sticking to the plan we created, we risk killing the creativity of the process.
I try and use lessons from the trail and my experience doing ultramarathons to help others. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the best laid plans can fall apart in an instant.
The cool thing is that when they do, there is usually a path to success that becomes visible. If we don’t take off the blinders once we leave planning though, we can miss out on the path to success.
This idea applies across the board. Maybe it’s weight loss, starting a business, marketing, ultramarathoning, parenting and the list goes on and on.
Planning is important. Agility and the ability to pivot based on the reality of what we see is also important. It might even be more important. Don’t get too attached to the legality of your plans.
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