Posted by Tim Stobbs on November 5, 2009
It’s interesting to me to realize all the things kids have taught me so far in life. Case in point this morning I had great plans to write up a link post. I was going to review some of my favorite blogs and some news sites and put together a short post. Apparently my youngest, now 18 months old, didn’t get the memo. He’s now awake on my lap and watching daddy type with some interest.
So now a chance of direction, let’s talk about plans. Plans are like maps useful, but in the end sometimes you have to just ignore them if they are out of date or you just don’t care exactly where you are anymore. I’ve had some many different plans in life shot to hell it hasn’t even been funny, so that begs the question: if we know plans often don’t work out why do we do them?
You see this is where I like to separate two concepts: first there is a vision of where you are going. For me with this blog I want to be retired or financially independent by age 45. Vision is often very long term and some what vague on the details of how. Then there are plans which are often more shorter in nature and more detailed in nature like a goal for a year. Plans should change depending on what happens in a year. That is ok, the situation you started with often doesn’t stay that way. Plans to me are the short pieces to achieve your vision. You might find a better piece to get your to your long term vision than your current plan so it’s ok to change plans.
So a key piece of happiness to me has been not worrying so much about plans. I make them to help get to my vision but I’m not really that attached to any of them. So when things change or I have to give up a plan as being unworkable I don’t get too upset. It’s like getting too attached to writing my link post and then having ‘but daddy I’m not tired anymore and I can’t read the clock yet’ boy wake up early. Life happens so do have a vision where you are going, but do not panic about a specific plan. Otherwise you will be very unhappy over something in the end you really can’t control.
So what plan for you lately hasn’t worked out?