Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: October 13, 2014-Today’s focus: Plan

Today’s Coaching: Planning. I recently read a piece about Dale Carnegie’s journey. After college, he was in sales and he hated it….the harshness of “NO” got to him. He desperately wanted to go back to college—“the easy life where the plan and success of a degree is all laid out for you.” College lays out stepping stones and all you have to do is step on each stone and bingo, success!

Dale Carnegie spoke about how the hard road of real life is creating and implementing your own plan.

There are three keys to a good planning.

  • Direction:
    Time and again I witness success from an intention focus more so than a rigid plan. Attachment to a specific plan can immobilize if you hold on to it too tightly and refuse to entertain alternatives. The important thing is the experience and learning from action not a rigid plan. Opportunity is around every corner. Plan on your intentional effort!
  • Alignment:
    Imagine a car with all 4 wheels aligned. Your motive, thoughts and actions all have to match. If you have external motive, what is your mindset? Do you think you can do it? Do you believe yourself? Incongruence toward a new initiative will cause indecision. Which will spill over in into the third key….
  • Commitment:
    You can’t have ephemeral commitment and expect progress. Understand that a tinge of doubt is systemic and will hinder your entire effort.

The hardest part is getting clear on what you want and what you are willing to do to get it. If you have intention the plan will easily follow.

No one expects the perfection of a homerun. Making it around the bases with a few singles is success!