by Dave Miller
I sit in the woods in Huntington County, reflecting on the past, enjoying the solitude of the woods.
I think back, pondering. Contemplating a transition. Visualizing and planning for the more future-oriented me.
In the past two months, I have spent almost all my time and energy on the rebuilding of my business after it was destroyed by a fire. Endlessly I worked to get the shop back in production. Doing whatever was needed at the moment. Bending to the tyranny of the urgent. Even though it was imperative that I do so, you can only survive in this atmosphere. A change of thinking must take place or insanity will set in.
My accountant, Mike Stoltzfus said you may allow this to happen. The rushing about in urgency. But it must also stop. “It’s okay to act like this for a while, but set a date for when it will end,” he said.
I took his advice seriously because he knows how to make things come to fruition. He is a real example of what one can do if he pushes himself to the brink. He took 5 years of college in 2 ½ years while working full-time as an accountant. Does the word discipline come to mind? A plan, perhaps? He didn’t accomplish that running on emotion.
One reason to stop the spinning of wheels is for sanity preservation. The other is to gain traction and initiate moving forward. Not only forward but procuring the right direction.
With the help of 5 friends that meet regularly I am putting together a master plan for the next seven years of my life. We are studying The Pledge by Michael Masterson and building from his structure.
The book covers four areas around which to formulate your plan.
- Self Improvement
- Social Happiness
The key is to have enduring ambition while maintaining balance.
This plan is not something to take lightly. So, I will spend the next few months building and refining, sorting out the differences between dreams and goals.
Goals are attainable while dreams are not. This makes me remain honest as I keep the realism in place.
Here is a list of values present in goals but absent in dreams
- Goals are attainable
- They have a timeline
- You can break them into action steps
- They are specific
Start by thinking about the future and who you want to be. How do you want to be perceived by your friends, family, neighbors and peers? Think about it.
Now that you have given it some thought, do they see you in the light you want to be seen in? If not, are you heading in the right direction?
Think about your goals. Write them down. Even if it’s not some master plan. Write down a few things you would like to accomplish today.
Action is the key. (Another article on this next week)
- Stupid Excuses to Avoid Action – Building My Master Plan, Part Two
- Lists To Build Confidence – Master Plan – Part Three
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra