Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Flexibility

A lot of people are in a perpetual planning mode. They always have something on the go. It almost becomes a comedy skit as they bounce from one plan to the next without persevering any plan to completion.

It is almost like they are afraid that if they truly pursue a plan they will fail to accomplish it and so dodge the bullet by shifting to a new plan. Plans are really a guide of intent rather than a series of concrete steps leading to the goal as we are never sure of what we will find as a result of our actions until we have done it.

Every step usually has unintended consequences which requires that we adjust within our guidelines and choose our next action based on those results. That is why plans are guides rather than step by step instructions.

When we learn to be flexible on the how we accomplish what we want the more likely we will achieve the goal but in a very different series of steps that we could have imagined when we started.

We need to be as flexible as children are to what is actually going on in our lives.

Your thoughts?

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5 conversations:

Samantha & Tigger said...

Oh Peter! Flexibility is right! Life changes each day so fast that if you are not flexible you'll drive yourself crazy! I so enjoy being made to think like a person on the days the cats are driving me nuts!! We have an Award for you at out Blog! Samantha & Tigger say Hi to Cleo!!
Your FL furiends,
and Chandra

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

This is tougher to do than it sounds, but you are right. Flexibility is key.

You know, my ex-husband always had a plan and never competetd a one of them. Too bad I didn't see that before the marriage. It would have saved me lots and lots of money. Have a great day Peter. :)

Peter Haslam said...

Thank you samantha, tigger and chandra will be over tomorrow :)

Peter Haslam said...

very true sandee i was guilty of this for a number of years until I finally smartened up :)

map of new zealand said...

Flexibilty is a trait I really need to work on! I get so focused on the goal, I sometimes will not bend on my way to achieving them.