I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately. We’ve all heard the phrase,
“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”
Right, but also wrong. I’ve seen people who are terrible planners succeed, and people who are meticulous planners fail.
Yet something else, seems to work. Path. Those who have a path, who have a direction, who have an idea of where they are going – that beats planning every time. Why? Because, those who are creating a path can change their plans. Those who just plan might get the plan down pat but then miss the path.
Sometimes you may follow the path someone else blazed before you.
Then other times, you blaze your own path.
Maybe it’s just a play on words but I like the idea of path over plan (even though I’m a planner at heart). I like the idea that I have a path to follow rather than a plan to execute. There are a lot of paths to choose from, even a few that may need creating – but that’s where the learning and the skill and the risk comes in – because that choice does matter.
Failing, doesn’t depend on your plan (or lack of it). It depends on your path.