|Posted by sandralindsey on May 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM|
Time is limited and our energy is vital to keep us focused and successful. As we age, we learn the value of good uses of our time and we are more acutely aware of the need to utilize our time for endeavors that add meaning to our lives. Planning our time and our steps lead to accomplishment, meaningful moments with people we love and adequate resources to limit stress from our lives.
"Planning is bringing the future into the present so we can do something about it now."
Dreaming of our future is a healthy way of deciding what we want to reach for and what we need to add to our lives to achieve a sense of fulfillment. One can successfully do planning for the future without restricting or relying too heavily on knowing too many of the details. Our lives change, our needs change, and with healthy engagement in our Life Lessons, we grow and develop a deeper understanding of our individuality and role in the Universe. Thoughtful casting of our energies forward can manifest clues to where we would like to be and with whom we would like to spend our time.
"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential."
Plans create a map with fixed sources of strength and little room for dramatic and unexpected changes. The risk of creating a plan is that if one change occurs, it effects the other elements encased in the plan. Effective planning involves attention to investment and process rather than a fixed ending. Productive planning involves growth, engagement and strengthening of skills and resources that can remain nimble in the face of adversity, tragedy and strife. Planning does not have the rigidity of a fixed map, it is flexible and grows with life's changes.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four on sharpening the stone."
Accomplishing tasks takes focus and great tools to meet the labor required. Planning involves an assessment of your strengths and areas on which to build. The manner in which a task is accomplished can vary, and should remain flexible depending on the presenting conditions. The accomplishment of the task is greatly eased with appropriate planning and forethought.
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Many of us get caught into dreaming and wanting, leaving concrete decisions and strategy for much later than needed. Emotions can drive our dreams, but they do not fuel them to success. Intuition, ambition and drive are supported with a focus and clear vision of what is needed to get from the point where we are to the point where we need to be. An honest assessment of what we do well and where we need to improve is the start of successful planning to meet our goals.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
Still, some of us avoid the thoughts of what we may need to do today to prepare for our goals. The avoidance of concrete strategy and assessment is a deflection of purpose, keeping the future at an arm's length. Often the avoidance is fear of change, a lack of belief in positive change or the fear of risk.
"Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self."
Where we intersect with the Universe in our purpose, where our energies intermingle with others and how this drives us forward into our potential is critical for our sense of individuality. As we age, the need becomes acute to review our desires and find fulfillment. Planning is the doorway to hope. It is an exercise in liberation and creates motivation. With many unknown factors, we can still be at the ready for life's turns and changes. Planning brings spiritual readiness to our future, and allows us to engage more fully in divine living.