It's Never Too Late

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It’s amazing how we absolutely know how to be successful but we hardly ever do it. I did a little research and found a bunch of quotes on the topic. Surely you have heard most of this before:

  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Benjiman Franklin
  • Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. Richard Cushing
  • In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high. Thoreau
  • It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
  • A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door. Confucius
  • You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal. Zig Ziglar

Pick up any magazine on ANY topic and you will find a 10 step financial plan, a six-exercise regimen, a process to reorganize your closet, a recipe for that new Mexican dish you heard was amazing, directions on how to rebuild your old Chevy Impala engine, a diet plan that will absolutely change your life, and the list goes on and on.

Planning works—and is the core to a successful implementation.

So why do we spend day after day focused on the very next item on our to-do list and rarely do we take a step back and organize our career or the rest of our lives for that matter?

I think it starts with fear. We are afraid that if we write down what we want—we won’t get it.

I’ve been there. I get it. You should see the list of things that I was going to accomplish by age 25, age 30, age 35, and now age 40 that will never happen. There is a quote from Eisenhower that says, “plans are useless, but planning is indispensible.” What I think he is saying is that it isn’t so much about hitting the goal as it is about taking stock and moving forward in the right direction. What’s our other option really?

I’ve talked to dozens of people during this Great Recession and it’s exciting to see person after person going after what they really want. At the same time, it’s sad to see quite a few others that are defeated and just can’t find it in themselves to start the planning process that leads to executing.

Cheer on those that you know that are going after their dreams and do your best to come alongside those that are defeated. because George Eliot’s famous quote says it best:

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

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