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What Is Your Plan?

Dec 28, 2021

Here we are. With less than one week left in this year, many of us are still wondering about what next year will look like.

How much longer will we be in this pandemic? 

Will we be back to normal?

If you’ve been watching or reading the news, I would say we already know the answer to those questions. If there is one thing the past almost two years has taught us, it is to have a plan. 

Businesses have had to learn new ways of doing business and taking care of their employees.

Churches have shifted to streaming services and offering small groups online to maintain the power of community.

Families have adjusted to working while simultaneously caring for elderly parents and facilitating virtual learning for their children.

One thing we can expect to remain normal is change. Changes, expected or unexpected, may test our sanity and provide opportunities to showcase our resilience and perseverance. Change serves as the catalyst (and even push sometimes) for growth and transformation.

With change comes the need for having a plan. What if this or that happens? What if this or that does not happen? What do I do?

I will say it again, with change comes the need for having a plan. Do you have one?

I mean a real one. Not something you come up with on the fly when the circumstance arises.

We have to plan to have a plan. How can we do this?

Proactively set aside time on a regular basis. When was the last time you took some time to think through some options for some upcoming decisions that need to be made? If you ever have operated on a budget, you understand the value of writing down your priorities, reviewing them and adjusting them as needed. The same process works for practically any area of your life—health and fitness, self-care, estate planning, working on a project or fill in the blank.

List risks and mitigation strategies. This is when we ask all the what if questions when we can think of. Be clear on what needs to happen when things happen. Avoid the “shock and awe” factor by being ready to handle situations. Know your options. There is usually more than one way to do something. It might take some research on your part, but be assured that you are not the first person who has ever dealt with a situation. Push pride aside and ask for help.

Assess your time and resources. I know. We like to believe we can do it all and handle it all. Here’s the truth we try to deny: we cannot. We are finite human beings who have limited time and intellect. Say this out loud, “I do not know everything”. Who does? This is a question worth contemplating. Surely someone you know or someone you know who knows someone else possesses a desired skill to do that thing you’ve been struggling to get done for weeks. Again, acknowledge your need for help.

Note the pitfalls to avoid and share them with others. Even when we come up with what we consider to be a great plan, there is always a chance that plan will fail due to an unforeseen event. Failure is always a learning opportunity. What went right? What went wrong? Why? Learn from these lessons and be vulnerable enough to share it with someone else before they encounter the same pitfall.

So, I have a question for you. What’s your plan?

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