Lately I seem to have spent too much time in business meetings and on committees discussing and making plans. Now planning can be valuable – it helps us identify what we want to and can achieve, recognise our limitations and spot possible risks and how to deal with them – but it can also be a powerful excuse for putting off action: “We can’t do that until X does this, Y does that and Z has been completed.”
Planning takes place inside our heads, a comfortable environment where we control the results: A leads to B, which leads to our goal of C. Once we take a plan out of our heads and put it into the real world, F, G, H and Q can intervene, some of them completely unexpected. It’s much safer to run a plan in our heads than risk it all going wrong when put into action, but this means we won’t achieve our objectives.
I’ve never been happy just to sit on committees as I like to see action. So that’s my focus at the moment: getting plans out of my head and into the real world to achieve what I want and maybe encounter adventures along the way.
How about you?