Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, I find myself with some writing time over the weekend – and plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 minutes of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today. This week’s word is: Plan
Planning isn’t Enough
I love planning. I plan my days, I plan my housework into zones, I plan our evening meals with a menu. When I was homeschooling younger children I planned lessons and outings. Pete and I go on a two day planning date every year to talk about family direction and opportunities. Planning is a part of being intentional. To plan means we take the idea where we want to go, and set out steps towards it.
I am sure that we all know that quote from Benjamin Franklin: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
And yet, planning is only the beginning. We can spend hours, or days even, planning and if we leave it at that, we will never reach our goals, never fulfil our plans.
You see, plans can sit in our head, on our computer, in our diary or journal. Having the plan made is only the first step. Planning will never affect our family life unless we actually take the action written in that plan.
Most times, I write a plan because left to my natural self I probably wouldn’t walk that way. I would cook the quickest, easiest meal, not necessarily the most nutritional. I would let my kids play a game instead of focusing on history or science. I would scrapbook instead of doing the housework. My plans help me stay focused on the things that I have decided are important.
We cannot rest on our laurels though, knowing we have done the planning. It reminds me of the business man who has a fantastic business plan, but he has it in safe keeping. His dreams, his ideas, his plans will never come to fruition, unless he starts to walk through the plan, unless he starts using that plan to direct his decisions, unless he refers to that plan when he can’t think straight.
Two character based responses that will help me actually start to use the plan – diligence and self-control. These two responses will help me overcome my natural tendencies and help me to take the next step in actually doing my plan.
- Diligence: Investing all my energy to complete the tasks assigned to me*
- Self-Control: Rejecting my own desires and doing what is right*
A plan without action steps taken, is just a list.
And that is the end of my 5 minutes!
- Do you plan? Or do you wing it?
- If you wing it – are you achieving the things that are on your heart?
- If you plan, do you use your plan? Or does it all go by the by when life starts happening?
- If your plan isn’t actually do-able I suggest you have planned too much and you have dreamed unrealistically.
My plans help me walk towards the things that are on my heart.
*Definitions taken from Character First
Linking up with: 5 Minute Friday