Planning Your Life to Death

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– Are you one of those people that needs to ALWAYS have things planned out?

– Are you someone who needs to have a contingency plan for every possible outcome?

– Do you usually hold off on making a decision until you have ‘all the facts’, but never seem to get around to taking action because there may be something else you aren’t considering?

If this sounds like you, I want to give you some advice that might just be very liberating for you. Either that, or it will be completely terrifying for you!

Life is meant to be LIVED, not planned!

So many people today use ‘planning’ as a delay tactic to hide their fear.

  • Fear that they will be wrong
  • Fear that things won’t ‘work out’
  • Fear that they will look foolish

And since fear is such a pervasive part of our modern society, we completely justify this obsession with planning as a ‘responsible’ or ‘rational’ thing to do.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not advocating that you make snap decisions or rush into action. I’m saying that life is a full-contact game and if your strategy is to mentally play out every move to its logical conclusion before you start moving, you won’t actually be living – you’ll be staring at a clipboard on the sidelines until the game is over.

Now I’ll bet that 20% of you are saying: “Thanks Patrick, but I already spend more time in action than in planning”.

20% of you are saying: “You know what? I do plan too much and I like the idea of getting into action more quickly. I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the push Patrick!”

10% of you are saying: “Patrick, are you crazy? Give up the comfort zone that ‘planning’ offers me? Never!!”

But I’ll be there are at least 50% of you who are saying: “You know what Patrick, I think you are on to something here! It sounds like a good idea and it definitely warrants further research. I’ll add that to my ‘to-do list’ and look into it as soon as I get a chance.”

Well, if you’re in the last category I’m not letting you off the hook that easily. I’ve put together a reading list for you.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell

Jump In!: Even If You Don’t Know How to Swim by reality TV mogul Mark Burnett

Screw It, Let’s Do It by Sir Richard Branson

And for those of you that don’t want to wait to start researching, read this fascinating interview that Tim Ferris (author of the Four Hour Work Week) did with invention guru Stephen Key and pay particular attention to question #2.

ENOUGH! Start Living!!


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