Someday Means Never

You are probably a genius. You have an awesome idea, a dream, a vision for human flourishing! And you will work on it someday. But the problem is, someday never comes. We all have tremendous gifts and potential, but life, busyness, and instagram always seem to get in the way.

The solution is: make a plan and sacrifice your comfort to execute it.

The truth is, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Things just don't often come together by themselves. If I don't plan an anniversary surprise for my wife (surprise!) it's not going to happen. Zig Ziglar has some super motivating talks around the need to have a plan. Here's one.

Having a plan is the first part. Executing it is another matter. The right kind of plan can make execution easier, for example by setting deadlines, writing out potential obstacles and how you'll tackle them—essentially doing your thinking ahead of time, to help you stay motivated and working when life gets in the way and you forget why you're even trying to do this.

But even with a great plan, you will need to make some sacrifices to execute. Derek Sivers says it best: "It takes many hours to make what you want to make. The hours don’t suddenly appear. You have to steal them from comfort. Whatever you were doing before was comfortable. This is not. This will be really uncomfortable."

Set aside one lunch break next week to begin working on a plan for your goal.

P.S. If you are caught in the tension of planning your time but also remaining open to the Holy Spirit, here's a podcast from David Achata on how he does prayerful planning.

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