It is good to plan. However when planning, you should never forget these three important things because you will need them for effective planning.
One thing you should have even before any plan is a sense of purpose. It is not possible to sketch out a plan if you have not identified your purpose. Discover what you have passion for. What is that desire that keeps you going over every other desire?
It is very common to have so many desires and passions. From the list, choose the one that is most dearing to you and focus on it. The next step is to plan how to go about your desire. It is indeed important to have a sense of purpose.
Mike Reeves, an author and coach said; “Deciding what you want to achieve should come before any discussion on how to achieve it. All too often we start with what we can do or what we know how to do and then figure out what we want to do”
After your purpose, the next thing is a map on how to achieve your purpose. Without direction, the journey towards achieving that purpose would be nothing but confusion. It is your purpose that shows you the right direction to follow. For instance, if your purpose is to go into fashion designing, become a renowned fashionista then your direction would be tilted towards that area. You start attending fashion shows of those who have excelled in that area, you build on your skills. Head towards your goal.
“You may not know exactly what direction the goal lies in. So, head in the direction that looks like it will take you closer to the goal than where you are now, and closer to the goal than the other possible directions”, Mike Reeves further advises.
3. Recognize opportunities
Sometimes we become too busy planning and following a particular direction that we fail to recognize opportunities when they come. There are some opportunities that may not look like our goals and purpose. Do well to embrace them because they could just be the sure way to achieving that purpose.
According to Mike Reeves, “You just need to keep an eye out, recognize opportunities when you see them, and be prepared to add them in to your short-term goals if they serve your long-term goals – or let them go if they don’t”.