Having a plan is just as important knowing why you want to do something. You have to know why you want to drive to the store as well as know the how of getting there with correct directions. Without the why, you will not know what you want to purchase. And without the how of the directions you will never get to the place that has what you need.
Going to the store to buy milk is an example of a task that does not usually require a lot of planning. We do it so much and so often that we start to think that all decisions in life are on autopilot and that we do not need to consciously think about why we are doing things and then how we are going to do them. The problem is that for tasks and goals that we have not done 100 times before, not having a why and a how will often lead to undesired outcomes.
What works for some things does not work for others, and I would suggest that the big decisions in life, the big goals we have, the big dreams we want to see occur, we have to actually spend the time figuring out our why’s and our how’s, because we have likely not done these tasks 100 times before. Planning for retirement is a little different than buying a gallon of milk. Deciding on proposing to a partner is a little different than tying our shoes. Figuring out our career path is a little different than brushing your teeth.
Let’s honor ourselves enough to take the time to make conscious, well thought-out and planned decisions, so that we can achieve all that we were designed to. Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that for the big things in life, that they do not require more thought than going to the store to buy some milk.
This message written by Dr. Reagan Anderson, a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.