The Learning Curve of Planning

Section III: What’s Your Plan

Your greatness can’t be achieved if you don’t have a plan. A plan can be very detailed, or it can be a general list of actions where the details get filled in as you gain more experience and knowledge. Not having a plan can help you waste valuable time and resources, like money. By having as detailed a plan as possible, you will be able to save yourself time, money, and other resources that come from being unprepared.

So how do you start to make a plan? Well, I think starting a plan is like traveling. You know where you want to go, but how do you get there?  For example, if you wanted to travel from Philadelphia to Miami for a summer trip, you could just hop in the car and follow Interstate 95 South until you got there. That would be a very general plan. I equate that to a person saying they want to be successful in life. I get it, yes success is good, but there is always more detail needed. A few questions that get asked are…

  • What do you want to be successful doing?
  • What do you call success?
  • How are you going to get there?
  • What resources are you going to use to make this happen?
  • What do you need to make it happen?

Just like your road trip, your life has more to it than “I want to be successful.” That has many different meanings for everyone.

Back to the trip from Philadelphia to Miami; what would be some of the questions we would need to know to make our trip happen? Here are a few I came up with.

  • Is this vacation or business?
  • How long do I have to travel?
  • How fast do I need to get there?
  • Am I driving or flying (or taking a train)?
  • How much does it cost?
  • What time of the year am I traveling?

These questions help us to decide how to approach the trip. If we want to go on vacation, and we had only five days, the last thing we would want to do is spend two days driving that long distance. The more we want something, the more the variables change.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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