There is beauty in spontaneity, flexibility and being in the present moment. We want to be nimble in a fluid, process-driven world. But relying solely on our ability to adapt to get us through life’s challenges may set us up for frustration.
A plan is a specific roadmap to get you from points A to Z. A plan typically incorporates timelines, resources, budgets, goals and actions that can provide direction and support in getting from here to there. In most cases, we know where we are beginning and can see the desired destination, but the path can be unclear as we take those first steps.
Here is where planning and spontaneity can work together. We can attempt to anticipate barriers and obstacles along the road, and even with good front-end planning, new options can present themselves unexpectedly. This is why a good plan has the following:
- Simplicity and clarity
- A reasonable destination or end result
- A basic timeline
- A list of tools and resources available/needed
- Alternative paths
- Peripheral vision—knowledge/understanding of what’s adjacent to the plan
- An “abort” feature that can bring about a pause or stop
- Application of new knowledge, skills and abilities along the way
Plans also help keep those who struggle with accountability on track. For many people, having a documented and/or publicized plan of action helps them stay on course. It may not solve issues with every distraction or decision, but it can be a strong partner for staying focused and timely. Go forth and make a plan!
We understand the complexities that can come with change. We have crafted successful plans for ourselves and others and know what it takes to create a clear and inviting path to a desired destination. Contact Core Endeavors for help and fun along the way!
Amy and Holly
Amy Ackermann and Holly Kollwelter, founders of Madison-based Core Endeavors Coaching and Consulting, are experienced change coaches with a track record of developing people and organizations to success.