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THE Perfect Plan

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!

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The Freedom Of Boundaries

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.

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Ideas Leadership Life Self Leadership Team

9 Things About Preparation

Preparation /ˌprɛpəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/ (definition according to Wordweb):
  • The activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
  • The state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action
  • The cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening

Here are 9 things about preparation:

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8 Reasons To Share What You’re Learning / Your Lessons

I’ve been trying to convince my some friends to share some of their recent experiences. They’re learning valuable lessons and I think they would benefit more people. This post is a result of trying to convince them to share what they’re learning. In case you’re like my friends, here are 8 reasons to share what you’re learning:

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Life

How To Handle God’s Promise In A Contradicting Reality

You know when something happens… I mean something that’s both funny and painful. It is painful, yes but very funny at the same time. So while you laugh the element of pain is present. Sometimes it’s a truth that ‘rocks us’ thus and at other times, incredulity. This is just me now imagining… I think of Abraham & Sarah’s response to God when He told them they were going to have a son was a mixture of both.

Abraham fell flat on his face. And then he laughed, thinking, “Can a hundred-year-old man father a son? And can Sarah, at ninety years, have a baby?” – Gen 17:17 (MSG)

Abraham & Sarah were faced with a promise by God, made in the middle of blatantly contradicting reality. This is the nature of God’s promises at times. They come to us when circumstance and even ourselves are not in agreement. We often don’t doubt God’s ability but His timing and whether He will do it for us. I think that’s the crux of our believing / faith struggles; “will God do this for me?”  or “when will He come through?”.

Often when God makes a promise to us, some of our initial reactions are, like Abraham, “will you really do this for me? how will you make it happen?”. After God makes a promise we have sought or hoped for, for a while, I think it is more appropriate to celebrate than challenge His faithfulness to fulfill.

But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me; you saved my life with those wise words. – Psalm 119:93 (MSG)

Rest in Him and the truth of His word and promise today. Delay (in our eyes) is not necessarily denial!