Planning Makes it Probable

In a couple of weeks I will have been on this planet for a half-century.  For those of you not math-y, I’ll be turning 50.

Weird.  Physically, mentally and spiritually, I don’t feel 50.  I don’t really know how old I feel.  I’m in decent shape, still have my wits about me and am full of faith in myself and the world around me.

Over the weekend, I was discussing this with my husband.  Actually, I was feeling overwhelmed with the whole half-century thing.  Not a mid-life crisis, mind you.  This promises to be a busy year full of transitions and changes and all
of them good.

For me, hitting a milestone like this makes me reflective.  I take a look at where I’ve been and where I’m going.  I analyze the snot out of mistakes and try to figure out a way not to repeat them.  There are things I know that I need to change if I want to live life to it’s fullest, and I do.

I’ve noticed a trend that people choose words in January that will be their theme for the year.  For some it has to do with a trait they wish to exemplify, for others it’s a goal they want to achieve.

My word for this year is PLAN.  This may be a boring word for some folks but for me, it’s a behavior shift that I am going to be militant about.

In reflecting on my last 50 years, I realized that some of my biggest mistakes have come from my failure to create a plan to achieve goals.  I’m not sure why but I always took pride in the fact that I could figure out how to make things work regardless of whether or not I created a plan for success.  While I’ve been able to accomplish goals, I’ve made it a lot harder to do it because I react instead of creating a plan that would allow me to be proactive and, in essence, meet or exceed the goal with a lot less stress and tension.

Planning will require a change in behaviors for me.  I will sit down and think about what I want to accomplish before acting.  I will formulate steps to achieve what I want to achieve.  I will exercise discipline to make sure that I do what I know needs to be done so I can see the results I have planned for.

Does that mean that every plan I have will be completely without bumps and roadblocks?  Nope.  I fully accept that.  When you plan, though, you have a much better shot at seeing those roadblocks before you crash into them and derail your goals.

I’m excited about the next 50 years, and yes, I fully plan on being around for them.

What goals do you have for this year?  How do you plan on reaching them?  Are there any behaviors you have to change in order to get there?  Share with us and let us support each other this year.