Why Make Plans If Life Never Goes As Planned?

Tokyo in 1923 - What did they plan to do in the future?

Do you make plans? Do you think plans are stupid? I have known many who do.

As a teacher, parent and friend, I have encountered many who think that plans are unnecessary or just, plain stupid. Of course, most of the people who say plans are stupid are not talking about plans for everyday routine items, such as, getting dressed, preparing meals, etc. No, they are saying that planning your life is useless.

Why plan when you don’t have any real control over life? Why plan when things never really turn out like you planned? I’ll admit that in my own life, things never turn out exactly like I plan them. So why plan?

Tokyo today - Was this what they planned for?

What do I do that never works out? Well, I plan by making a goal, breaking it down into “pieces of action,” all designed to help me accomplish my goal over an estimated amount of time. And, then? Well, to put it bluntly, it doesn’t happen. So why plan?

What really happened with my goal and/or plan? Usually, when I accomplish my “much adjusted goal” and look back, I notice that some things took longer, some shorter, and frankly, some were not completed and didn’t need to be. So, why have a plan?

This flu virus has set me "off-plan!" :-(

A plan is still important because, in my opinion, I would not have reached my goal, if I hadn’t made the plan. It’s almost like the saying, “rules are made to be broken.” In one sense, of course rules are not made to be broken, but in another sense, they are. What I mean, is that most of the time, rules are made AND consequences are established at the same time. Why have consequences, if rules are not broken? In that sense, we have an example where plans (rules) are made to be broken.:-)

So, we need to make plans even though they will not necessarily be played out as planned. Think of it as life itself. Your body seems to have a plan, but it never plays out as planned. Your body has a built-in plan of eat, sleep, exercise, etc. and then, for example, a cold virus sets it off-plan. The plan has to be adjusted in order to keep you living. You do so and life continues, BUT not as originally planned. Therefore, life has a plan but it never works out as originally planned. Wow!

Napoleon's plans ran into Waterloo!

Now, let me make clear that I am NOT saying we shouldn’t plan. I am saying that we should expect our plan to always be faulty. A plan, even if it is faulty, still allows us to achieve our goal. In fact, a plan helps us get started toward change.

One way of viewing life is as a series of changes. Life implies change. A plan can help us to not procrastinate. A plan can help us go in the direction we want to go. A plan can help us decide and be comfortable with a decision, especially, when the situation requires a quick decision.

Why make plans? Perhaps, making plans actually improves one’s quality of life. Planning for quality? Uhmmmm…

I hope you plan to comment. :-)

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