“What are your plans?” someone asked me today. My Muse was asking the same thing. I realized that if there are no plans, there are usually no accomplishments. I need a plan. Before I need a plan, I need to know what I want. Knowing what I want is difficult for the following reasons:
· Lack of belief in the possibility of success
· The feeling of not deserving it
Then even when we know what we want we still have to deal with these additional obstacles:
· Awareness of one’s limitations and failings
· Lack of self-discipline
Maybe the trick is to believe what Dorothea Brande said in Wake Up and Live: Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Or maybe the trick is to not focus on the results, but the efforts and let the results be what they will.
Maybe the trick is to focus on why I’m doing what I’m doing, so that I don’t waste time doing the wrong things.
Maybe the trick is to do something, anything, that moves me forward.
Maybe the trick is to be present in this very moment and notice the joy here.
Maybe the trick is to write out what I want to accomplish each day, each week, each year, each five-to-ten year period.
Maybe the trick is gratitude.
Maybe the trick is to take care of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Maybe the trick is to believe that I have created all my circumstances and relationships and that I can un-create or re-create them or refine them.
Maybe the trick is prayer.
Maybe the trick is to start a task and don’t stop until it’s finished.
Maybe the trick is to ask for help.
Maybe the trick is to act as if all the results depended on you.
Maybe the trick is to Get Started and Keep Going.
Maybe it’s all these things.
Maybe none of these things are tricks, but tools to help me succeed.
I have a lot of books and one of the best things about books is that there is a plethora of ideas and inspiration. But it turns out that my plans are the same as they were almost three years ago when I started writing these blogs.
· I want to spend my life with my Muse.
· I want to have a healthy relationship with each of my children.
· I want to leave enough money for my children and their children.
· I want to have a healthy relationship with God.
· I want to make a positive difference in the world.
· I want a house on the beach.
My goals are the same. My plans are the same. I still want to Get Started and Keep Going. That’s a good plan.