To achieve great achievements, we must first understand why we are currently falling short of our goals. More often than the beginning of our shortcomings are in the planning section. We cannot expect to achieve greatness if we are not planning for greatness. This is why all of history’s great achievements have begun with great planning.  

The ‘not planning’ problem

By not planning we set ourselves up to fall short of our greatness. If we don’t plan to achieve great achievements then we run the risk of negatively impacting our chances of doing so in several ways:

  1. No plan means we don’t have steps to follow. And, without steps to follow, we will easily fall off the path and stop progressing towards our end goal.
  2. Planning gives us ample opportunity to explore our ideas and thoughts fully; we can explore them down to every detail. However, by not planning we are unable to explore our thoughts to their full potential, and in turn, we are stuck to our spontaneous imagination.
  3. Have you tried producing work with no planning or prior thought? How did that end? Without time to plan or think, we have no time to clarify our thoughts before working on making them tangible. In essence, what we think never becomes what we see.

However, by implementing a planning process, we can change this. We can go from achieving mediocrity to achieving great achievements by just changing how we plan.

To achieve greatness, we plan

The process of planning presents us the opportunity to know what we are doing and why we are doing it. So, to maximize the potential of planning, we need to develop a process that complements the planning process. Before commencing work on any project, I ask myself the following three questions.

  1. What do I gain from doing this project?
  2. Will this project allow me to get closer to my goal?
  3. Is this project a productive use of my time?

By asking these three questions, I’m able to get a grasp on the overall project and how it can benefit me before even accepting the project. Every piece of work you complete and every project you undertake should move you towards your goal.


Now, did you notice something throughout reading this article? To further illustrate my point about planning, this article was not planned at all; I started to write this article with no prior thoughts.

What I discovered is, without planning this article my thoughts become clouded and I was unable to work to my full potential. Essentially, I produced a sub-par piece of work that is far from greatness. To avoid falling prey to the same problem, you should plan out your projects before beginning work on them.

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