Sundays are all about planning, I use the morning to tidy up and mentally prepare for the week to come, I plan for my exercise regimen, wardrobe, work related checklists, and (my favorite bit) my blog posts. My goal in 2017 has been to write every day (of course I haven’t been very successful in the beginning of the year) even if its just a paragraph, just so writing becomes a real part of my everyday routine. Certain people I know have even made fun of me and labelled me uptight & uncool, but such labels only amuse me, because I refuse to run around in life like a headless chicken, without a plan. (Yes, that’s what I think not having a plan would feel like)
After all, Excellence is a habit. Take any example, if you study the habits and attitude of some of the most successful people in the world, one of the common factors will be that they make a habit out of some of the key aspects of their lives, be it waking up early, or taking the time to read, or fitness. Excellence is not a one time event, excellence is being able to excel every day, and do better. More often than not, the people who have achieved real success are the most disciplined people you will meet. We all have 24 hours a day, the only difference is what you choose to do with it. If you don’t plan for your successes/accomplishments, who will?
So don’t let other people’s noise of how uncool they think you are for being such an uptight planner, keep your unwavering focus on your goals & make good choices every day and cultivate the discipline required to take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Of course, this isn’t to say that spontaneity isn’t important, its just I have a very different way to define it. For me, spontaneity is not about being reckless, but it is the ability to make decisions quickly and act on them quickly. After all, we live in a era where speed trumps most other skills.
It never ceases to surprise me how often people forget their own autonomy over their own lives. You get to set the standards for your life and back it up with the planning and action. You may not be where you aspire to be today, but excellence, just like everything else has a lead-time.
So as another Sunday rolls by, my planning for the week has begun.
Peace & Love