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No Plan Survives Contact with the Enemy

Stefan Wissenbach

The army’s famous phrase, “No plan survives contact with the enemy” is a fact, even for a committed planner like myself. It’s often an act of futility to set actions beyond a 90 day time frame because you can’t control what fate and circumstance will throw your way. Anything you want to have happen beyond 90 days should be a vision that excites you – but nothing so specific as a plan.

Remember: Your ears will hear and your eyes will see what your mind is looking for.

Having a vision for your future, whether it’s a year from now, three years from now, or three decades from now, allows you to see opportunities you might otherwise pass by. When you tune your mind in to your vision, you’ll be on constant alert for ways to make it a reality. Over time, you might find that events knock you off course, but if your vision holds true, you’ll be able to find your way. Sometimes, visions evolve, but in my experience they only change for the better.

So consider: How can you use the 86,400 seconds you have today to move toward your vision? What key actions can you take this week to move closer to what you want? What milestones do you need to make in the next 90 days to have really accomplished something that makes you proud?

What you will find is that pursuing a big goal is a little like going into battle. Once you get out there, you learn what works and what doesn’t. No plan survives contact with the enemy. So planning out actions beyond 90 days won’t work, but moving from big visions that excite you to opportunities in daily living does work.

Transferable Insight: Once you have a vision in mind, consider what you can do today to move toward making your vision a reality.

Question: What will you do this week to progress toward your bigger future?

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