It would be really easy for me to say that once you have a plan formulated for your dreams, whether they are business related or more towards the leisure end of the spectrum, that you have nothing left to do but implement it.
That *can* be the case, and I do know that having that rock solid plan at the start is going to completely help you get momentum and get going, but there is one thing that might get to off track and feel like you’re failing and I don’t want you to feel that way.
Sometimes as we go along, we have great ideas and we are so excited to get started we throw ourselves completely in at the deep end. Which is great at first, it’s exhilarating to be doing what we want and to be making progress. But then sometimes we get a bit tired. It’s hard to keep treading water in at the deep end of the swimming pool and it’s hard to do that in life too. But what do you do? Move to shallow waters and fail? Or keep going until you might burn out?
Well, to put this in context, I have felt like this myself very recently. As many of you know I host a podcast and it was being broadcast 3 times per week. I love podcasting, it’s making me do things I never knew I could do before and I wanted to capitalise on my feelings. I’d initially planned to do a show twice a week and then I upped it fairly soon after starting – I wanted to interview more people and I had a huge list of people to feature. Which all went well and I was ahead of myself until I used up most of my ‘banked’ interviews while I was away on holiday. Then a cancellation here and there and all of a sudden I was struggling to keep on schedule and have time to fit it all in. I wasn’t tired, I still loved it, but I was starting to feel like it was taking over and I wasn’t moving forward with my other goals and my dream overall. I decided last week I was going to go back to 2 shows a week, I’m back on top of it all and still having time to do everything else.
So what has this to do with your dreams then?
Well, if you noticed, a word that I don’t like crept in back there. Fail. By moving to 2 shows a week I could have felt like I’d failed. By trying anything that is on your plan and realising it’s not working and fiddling with it you could feel like you’ve failed. You haven’t. I haven’t.
What I have done is fiddled and made it work for me. I have re-evaluated what’s important and what needs to be focused on.
That is not failing. By planning, taking action and deciding it’s not for you, that is not failure. It’s GREAT!
So I want to encourage you all to have your plan, but do NOT in any way feel like you’ve not succeeded if you do not follow it to the letter. Life is fluid, we are constantly learning, changing and evolving. By taking action and responding to how that works or doesn’t work, you can never be considered a failure.