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By Dave Andrews
Five years ago, one of my closest friends, Jerry, told me that he proposed to his girlfriend and that the wedding was in six months. I was surprised, because I didn’t think that their relationship would reach that point due to a lot of issues they had.
Jerry wasn’t completely faithful to her, they had several differences that they couldn’t seem to fix and she had some spending issues, too.
So, when he told me he popped the question, I wasn’t that supportive at all and told him he was crazy.
One of his other friends, Rommel, had the same reaction towards his decision. So, we decided to take him out and have a serious talk with him.
We asked him what triggered him to do it so quickly, what was going to happen to his other flings and if they had any concrete plans on how they were going to build their future. To our amazement, he said he didn’t know. All he knew was that he was already at the right age and that he wanted to raise his own family.
Careful planning can lead to more chances of success and to a better position in life.
Call us bad friends if you want, but for months, Rommel and I tried really hard to discourage him not to go through with his wedding. It was not because we didn’t believe in their relationship, but because he didn’t seem to have any idea about what he was getting into.
The wedding happened anyway and yes, of course, Rommel and I were invited regardless of our “obstruction.”
One year after their marriage, Jerry started to feel the consequences of his decision. They had a baby on the way and they had a lot of debts to pay from the loans that they took for their wedding. To add to all that, they were always fighting because of his infidelity.
It was exactly how Rommel and I pictured it happening.
Three years later his wife filed for divorce and for child custody while Jerry ended up with his other woman.
Well, it’s not good for me to say that I didn’t really care about Jerry and his wife, but they were not my major concern. They were old enough and they had to learn from their mistakes. However, I felt deeply sorry for their child and how he had to suffer for the “carelessness” of his parents.
And come to think of it, all of these things could’ve been avoided if Jerry had a good plan.
Devising a course of action to achieve your goals help you make sure that your aspirations don’t remain a distance dream.
With effective planning, we can reduce the amount of time, money and effort that we need to attain our goals. It provides us a map that shows our progress and direction. It also tells us where we are and how far we’ve come; all essential in making sound decisions.
We practice our power to select every day, from the moment we wake up and open our eyes. If we don’t have a plan to guide us in making choices, we become inefficient and unproductive.
Perceiving possible problems can help you avoid unnecessary conflicts in the future.
For instance, when you plan to get married, it is important to think about merging your finances with your significant other.
In marriage, only fools rush in. Combining finances with someone is a big deal and things could get really ugly if you and your partner don’t find time to discuss your individual and joint financial goals.
Review your plans thoroughly before implementing your course of action.
In “7 Flaws in Your Business Plans You Need to Fix,” Jayson Demers talks about the importance of creating a blueprint for how your company is going to turn out.
However, entrepreneurs sometimes get overly excited and end up compromising their organizations by rushing through the planning process.
Aside from setting realistic figures and expectations, it is also crucial to seek third-party feedback such as your investors, partners and even new team members.
Having an efficient plan allows you to get the most out of your effort.
Unfocused steps are a total waste of time and energy.
For example, when you’re trying to build your body, your workout is not supposed to end after your last rep. To reap as many rewards as possible, you should also have post-workout plans.
One simple habit that could help your body to recover and rehydrate is drinking coconut water.
Also known as nature’s sports drink, it has 15x more potassium than traditional health drinks, which is necessary to maintain fluid balance in the body, promote smooth muscle contraction and prevent muscle cramps.
Evaluating and examining your plans can ultimately help you achieve your goals more efficiently.
This process is very useful in collecting and analyzing information, particularly for developing your brand and creating marketing strategies and business programs.
However, this can also be useful for practical applications, like in shopping or buying gadgets.
And if you’re looking for a new actions sports camera to document your adventures, check this out – “The Health-Tracking Go-Pro is Here.”
It gives your viewers a share of what your body was going through at every given moment of your experience.
Your plan is your ultimate tool in reaching your goal. Designing it well will help you be in control, put you in the right direction and reduce the risks you need to take.