Plan Ahead

To accomplish any goal, project, or dream on your success journey, you must PLAN…DO…REVIEW in your travels.  Your success journey is the trip you take in your life of completing goals and dreams set forth by YOU.  This process is a simple 3-step action every successful person does as they accomplish goals they set in front of them.  As you reach the starting line of your success journey and in your travels to success, always remember to:


  • Predetermined A Course Of Action
  • Lay Out My Goals
  • Adjust My Priorities
  • Notify Key Personnel (Seek counsel, not opinions!)

Planning is very familiar to the individual. We plan vacations, weddings, divorces, to go to college or not go to college, to have a baby, funerals, etc. We plan for everything EXCEPT reaching our success journey.  When you plan for accomplishment, WRITE IT DOWN IN DETAIL!  Do not assume you will remember because you will only remember the general concept of your program and not the details.  Take a page, from our great United States military, they plan for everything possible.  The military not only have a detailed plan but they a contingency, backup, plan to the original plan.  Before you can accomplish any part of your success journey, you have to plan it out! When you plan it out, you build it three times:


Your plan is a detail, written, and personal plan that is for you to follow, not for everyone else.  Your plan is not a business plan or your college class schedule.  Your plan is your detail roadmap and directions that you set forth for yourself to reach your desired destination.  Just as if you will MapQuest or Google the instructions for your vacation trip to plan your route, plan the path to your success journey.  Your detail plan should include time frames that you will complete your goals.  If you plan a wedding or funeral with infinite detail, then plan your success journey with such details.



In the words of an infamous marketing campaign in history, “JUST DO IT!”  Thank you to Nike, for developing a great slogan to inspire us for generations.  DO is you putting your detail plan into action! To do anything worthwhile, you must have a plan.  The plan is the roadmap; your DO-ing is the action you are taking towards that destination.  To do means that you have shaken off procrastination.  To continuing doing means that you have broken the shackles of procrastination towards your success journey, so it is one less stronghold you have to deal with, and you can focus more on your actions.  The action you take, not just any action, but the RIGHT action.  The real work involves taking the educated steps towards the right direction. Working the proper system and receiving counsel is essential for a good job because it will save you time, energy, money, and stress. Who does not want to keep all of that?  Avoid analyzing your plan while you are doing what you expected in the beginning.  There is time for that in the Review stage.  You see when you examine your work it causes paralysis from doing anything because you are over-thinking the plan.  When you start over-thinking, doubt and fear start to settle in; therefore you are discouraging yourself from moving forward.  When doubt and fear kick in, then you become an Undertaker, not an Overcomer.  Inaction is the best friend to procrastination, so where there is one, you will find the other.  Doing the DO allows you to stay on your toes and focus on the task(s) that you set forth when you did the plan.  Focus is the key!



The Review process of this 3-step process towards all goals is where you learn from your planning and doing.  You do reviews of your planning and action once you get to a certain timeframe in your success journey.  You will consider checking the timing of hitting goals, where you are as it stands with your goals, and maybe just how much time is left.  Reviewing works like a sports team, or athlete, taking a timeout during a game to gather themselves and make sure they are on the right track with their game plan.  The Review is you taking your quick timeout, not a break.  Taking a break is a subtle, slumbering way of saying I quit. When taking a break, you are telling yourself, "This is tougher than I imagine and I do not think I am cut out for this, but I have to keep my pride intact."  Sounds harsh, right? It does not matter how it looks; it is very true. For most people on their first success journey, a timeout is just a day or two, maybe even three, but back on track as soon as possible.  A break will last for months, years, and maybe even an eternity for people who are first-timers on success journeys.  Some of us more established travelers can take timeouts and breaks because we are seasoned enough to have our plans ingrained into our very existence and being.  During your review, overview your plan to make sure your success journey is taking you from Point A to Point B.  Take note on where you are on this journey and how far you need to go.  Take note of your progress and what has taken place since you begin your journey.  Bear in mind that you learn some lessons along the way, so now you have knowledge and experience that will help you move along more consistently on your success journey.  Reviewing also allows you to give a quick inspection of the vehicle on this voyage, you. Just as you would inspection your car at a rest stop when traveling, inspect yourself by making sure:

  • You are in good mental, spiritual, and physical health
  • You have adequate time to get the required mental and physical rest
  • You are receiving the proper counsel
  • You evaluate your recent experiences
  • Apply your new contemporary knowledge

Habitual procrastinators do not have detail plans, but they are the expert with creating alibis.  Do not become a chronic procrastinator finding many reasons why you cannot, or should not, get something done.  JUST DO IT! Do not rationalize it is too complicated, too expensive, or too time-consuming, just accept the fact you have become a HABITUAL PROCRASTINATOR that do not have many reasons they could or should, take action.  If you work hard work enough, believe you are smart enough, and persevere long enough, you will accomplish what you set out to achieve with detail plans.

Plan…Do…Review plan is a 3-step process to use on your success journey.  This process assisted many successful people in continuing and completing their success journeys.  Use this 3-step process to the best of your ability.  Do not worry if your plan, do, and review your plan is not the best when you do the first one; you get better with practice and time.  Just make sure you accomplish your success journey; that is what matters most. Never forget to:

  • Predetermined A Course Of Action
  • Lay Out My Goals
  • Adjust My Priorities
  • Notify Key Personnel (Seek counsel, not opinions!)


  • Allow Time For Acceptance
  • Head Into Action
  • Expect issues /problems
  • Always FOCUS
  • Do Review