Change Your Plans but Refine Your Goals

Quotes and Notes #176, April 30

“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”—John C. Maxwell—

My wise brother, Tom Schulz, once said, “I like to set my goals at the end of the day. That way I reach a 100% success rate.” I don’t think that he thinks I listen, but I often do.

We must have the ability to change our plans as they develop. When a part of the plan goes wrong, analyze the fault and quickly change the plan to what works. At the same time, we must keep sight of the overall goal but as the plans teach us, we may wish to refine the parameters of the goal. That’s good, too.

To refine the plan and the goal with grace, follow this advice:

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”—Lao Tzu—

Set a goal to make people smile today.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz  “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The ability to bend with the wind makes things much more fun.

The ability to bend with the wind makes things much more fun.

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Encourage Others

Quotes and Notes #117, February 28,

“You should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it—young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous—is changed by it.”–John C. Maxwell

A couple of days ago I spoke of a positive attitude (I think I can) and now it is time to move on to sharing that feeling of confidence.

When you see someone who is struggling to solve a problem or to reach a goal—Instead of telling them about your wife’s uncle’s girlfriend who had a far worse problem—Instead of that, offer some encouragement.  Share a “you can do it” attitude, find enjoyment in seeing another’s work in progress, and be positive. We never forget the encouragement that others have given us in our lives.

Venture into the world with a “you can do it” attitude.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

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