Planning for Success is Like Sailing a Boat

“Those who plan do better than those who do not plan even though they rarely stick to their plan.” Winston Churchill

I don’t always stick to my plans because I can’t predict what will happen throughout my day.  But, I do write down very specific and detailed plans anyway, because they serve as guideline towards my end goal.

Planning a project is a lot like sailing.  To get from point a to point b, a boat’s captain understands that winds and ocean currents won’t allow a straight shot, so the captain will compensate by adjusting the sails of the boat to catch favorable winds to allow progress, even if it means going in a zigzag fashion.

Life is like sailing – it’s not a straight shot to success.  It’s true in relationships, business, child rearing, getting an education, writing, training for a fitness challenge – you name it, there is no straight line from where you start to where you want to end.

As Mr. Churchill pointed out in the quote above, those that make the plans, do better than those who do not.  Making the plans to accomplish something is the first step in achieving success – even if you don’t follow your plans exactly, at least you know where you want to go.

To your success,


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