Many a times we hear about people who had great potential but never got to see it fully realized. Or we know people that are ever talking about our dreams and what they hope to achieve one day.
But we never really see any progress in terms of the dreams being actualized. Perhaps we are those people! You know the ones ever sharing about our dreams but hardly inching any closer? I’ve been there too.
When people think of getting somewhere they (should or normally) start mapping the means of getting there. There are often many ways to get to their desired and or predetermined destination.
In identifying whether a journey and its destination are worthwhile we usually draw up a list of the pros and cons. As we look at our options we are generally drawn to the plans or means with the least challenge or with the highest chance of success, perhaps both.
I’m generally an optimist; my natural inclination is to look at what is to be gained. I sometimes get frustrated when my colleagues get bogged down with the why something is not likely to work… because, “Jack and Jill tried that approach and failed dismally”.
Or a particular research in this area showed that the probability of success is almost zero… I have enormous respect for the researchers; committing lots of time and resources… One thing that has baffled me (in general) though, is that for numerous studies / research that is pro something there is another one just as convincing that says the opposite!
It is very obvious that every plan or undertaking has cons. I’ve just reaffirmed my commitment to action. In context of progress and making things happen, I think a perfect plan is not one that stays just a plan but is executed.
I’d rather execute a ‘cons laden’ plan that moves me closer to my goals than have ten better than ones which are never executed. A plan not executed means progress stalled. Hasn’t history taught us that sometimes it is the cons that steer us to avenues we would have otherwise not pursued?
I am not in any way suggesting that you overlook the cons and blindly plunge yourself into something, but what I’m saying is that it would be more beneficial for you not get yourself bogged down by the cons at the expense of your goals… By all means, do count the cost, but do get to a point of action! I know it’s cliché but, there is no perfect plan, except one that is executed, of course!
As I drove home today, I remembered something… The state of the road I was on about a year and a half ago. It was just kilometers and more kilometers of one major construction site. (Actually, was the case in numerous places in and around Johannesburg) The particular thing I remembered was how the lanes were not clearly demarcated during the period.
There are small things in our lives that make big differences. I thought I’d write a list of those things that can throw nasty bumps on life’s highway. For some random reason I came up with a list of 28 random things to always check.