“A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” So said Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. and he’s absolutely right, with one exception. There is no such thing as a perfect plan.
Your Plan Is Between Your Idea And Your Result
As a writer, you get inspired and come up with an idea. You then come up with a way to make that idea become a reality. That reality is your end result – your book or booklet, your blog, or whatever media you choose to use for bringing your idea to your audience. What happens in between your inspired idea and the final result is your plan.
Many writers never get beyond their inspired idea because they worry too much about their plan. How many people do you know who have at one time or another had a good idea, but they never brought that idea into reality because they just couldn’t get their game plan together? They couldn’t figure out exactly what to do, so they never bothered to start implementing their idea.
Keep Your Plan Simple
None of the writers in the history of the world knew exactly how things were going to turn out when they started writing. They had a simple plan with a goal at the end, and they did what was necessary to achieve the goal. Their plan wasn’t perfect, but it gave them a place to start and a goal to shoot for. This is all a plan needs to be. Anything more and you’ll never achieve your goal because no matter what you’re trying to accomplish, there will always be something you didn’t know, didn’t understand, or that crops up while you’re executing your plan. Keeping your plan simple allows you to make changes when necessary.
Execute Your Plan Now Not Later
Keeping your plan simple also allows you to begin executing your plan right away. If your plan is too complex because you’ve tried to think of every minute detail to make it perfect, your plan will never be finished. And if it is, you won’t be able to execute it because it will be too overwhelming and there will be far too much for you think about and do. You’ll be burned out before you even start!
Make a simple plan and execute it today. Decide what your goal is and just go for it. If your goal is to write a booklet, start writing. Don’t worry about what may happen down the road. It doesn’t matter right now. Just get the booklet done, and then go forward to the next thing.
No matter where you are in your booklet journey, this applies. Start wherever you are, and move forward from there to the next thing. You should have a general idea of what the big picture is – what you want to achieve and the steps you need to take to get there – but don’t get too caught up in all the tiny details. Just keep moving forward. Execute your plan now. If you wait, you’ll never reach your goals. There are more riches in a simple plan than a perfect plan, because there is no such thing as a perfect plan.
To your riches,
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PPS: I’ve never written a perfect booklet or blog post or anything else. I just make a simple plan and execute it – doing the best I can. If I can do it, so can you!