I always thought it would be wonderful to have such a well-constructed game plan that it would be easy to plan for the future because I would know what the future would likely bring. Silly me.
In life as well as in my writing & video course work I’ve learned that planning is more about setting my intention than it is about where I actually end up. Maybe the fault, dear reader, lies with my willingness to change direction so easily, or perhaps I lack a certain strength of will. Or maybe . . . we’re just meant to be flexible.
I’ve always loved having plans; before I went to England back in the day, I created a little notebook with every place that I wanted to see. I spent weeks working on the notebook so I wouldn’t miss a thing. Guess what? I forgot the notebook and while it sat happily at home, I traveled happily through the UK, loving every moment. So did my plans work out or did I set a good enough intention that I had fun in spite of my forgetfulness?
Which takes me to writing. If you’ve been a newsletter reader for quite some time you’ll remember that I took the month of September off last year to work on a cozy mystery. That plan didn’t work out the way I wanted. But it did open the door to some powerful ah-ha moments.
My Question for You
The question I want to ask you today is this: Is planning more about setting intention or more about making a plan and sticking to it, regardless?
Here’s why I ask. I recently launched The 15-Minute Writer online video course. [See this post to get my discount coupon code to get the course for $10 instead of the regular $79] The course has garnered a lot of attention, not to mention some fantastic reviews. And it also attracted something else: inquiries from two colleagues who now want me to create something with them as joint ventures, which I’m considering. And another request for me to write a guest post for a popular blog. None of these things was in my game plan.
So I’m left wondering: is planning about setting goals (intentions) or about life requiring flexibility? A question about which I’d really love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below.