Monday, February 25, 2008

What's Your Plan for Failure?

You can find a lot of advice on how to make plans to achieve various goals.

Equally important, however, is your unacknowledged Plan for Failure..

If that sounds odd, look over these items and ask yourself how many of them slip onto your daily To Do list:

  1. Neglecting your health, be it physical, mental, or spiritual.

  2. Taking family and friends for granted.

  3. Not identifying or putting off important tasks.

  4. Believing in magical solutions.

  5. Failing to raise your profile among groups that are essential to your success.

  6. Being easily discouraged.

  7. Not acquiring important skills.

  8. Doing trivial things at the expense of the important.

  9. Wanting a result while disdaining the process that leads to the result.

  10. Letting comfort with the known and fear of the changes that would come with success create a form of paralysis.

Don't be surprised if you are doing several items. Plans for Failure are often more vigorously pursued than Plans for Success. The biggest saboteur of many a Plan for Success is the one in the mirror.

To paraphrase an old line, he who masters that opponent is greater than any conqueror who ever took a city.

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