If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail

As the market economy draws our thinking, planning has become rather unfashionable. This should not be restricted to the economic process. Planning is vital in our daily life too. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. 

People have dreams. Aspirations are common. But, a few succeed and many fail. Quite often introspection is missing. One tends to search for alibis rather than explore as to where they went wrong.

Studies reveal that there could be many reasons why some fail to realise their dreams. One of them is the disproportionate ratio between one’s capacity to perform and the goals set. 

As the market economy draws our thinking, planning has become rather unfashionable. This should not be restricted to the economic process. Planning is vital in our daily life too. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. 

People have dreams. Aspirations are common. But, a few succeed and many fail. Quite often introspection is missing. One tends to search for alibis rather than explore as to where they went wrong.

Studies reveal that there could be many reasons why some fail to realise their dreams. One of them is the disproportionate ratio between one’s capacity to perform and the goals set. 

To make it simple, planning is the act or process of making a plan to achieve or do something. Experts on planning decoded this in many ways. 

The basic steps of planning should be to identify the goals or objectives to be achieved; formulate strategies to achieve them and arrange or create the means required; implement, direct, and monitor all steps in their proper sequence.

But, planning has its own limits. Planning cannot achieve anything beyond our capacity. Thus, a proper assessment of our strengths and weaknesses is a prerequisite to effective planning. 

There can be many a slip between the cup and the lip. Factors that are beyond our control can derail planning. But, all this need not deter us from planning in life and planning for life. Planning optimises our capacity. It unravels our full potential.




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