They say that if you want things done the right way, you should write out a plan. A plan will serve as a guide or a blueprint which you can follow. In scientific processes, plans are written and followed religiously because things may and can go wrong. If you want to do things right, you have to come up with a good plan. Sadly, plans have a way of not working out, even if they are well-written. Even if you spend a great deal of time writing it down, things can still go horribly wrong.
Reasons Why Plans Go Wrong
Things can go wrong, especially when you least expect it. Writing out a self development plan is going to be hard but it has to be done, if you want things to run smoothly for you. Unfortunately, these plans can still fail and ruin everything you have worked for.
So why do plans fail? Here are some of the common reasons:
You have set the wrong goals. You will be surprised to find out that people are aiming for the wrong goals sometimes. They set goals according to what they think the world expects them to do, and not really what they want to do. You may have a well thought out plan of attack, but if it is not in your heart, you will meet failure. It is unrealistic. It is not wrong to dream and it is not wrong to be ambitious. However, you have to be realistic with your dreams and also be realistic when you write your plans to attain these dreams. You should know yourself well. You should be physically, emotionally and mentally capable of accomplishing everything in your plan for it to work. Otherwise, it will just be a waste of time and effort. Refusing help. Other people are essential to the fulfillment of your dreams. You may be strong and mighty but no man is an island and many people fail at their journeys because they refuse to accept help from those around them. Allow other people to fill in your incapacities.
The Unpredictable Happens All the Time
Mistakes happen. Even if you are careful enough to take sure steps, you can take a wrong turn and mess everything up. Even the most well written plans have flaws, and you can’t really avoid it. All you have to do is to learn to accept these things. There is no way of knowing what the future brings, and you have to accept that you can never control everything.
When your plans fail, you have to:
Identify the cause: Problems do not happen jut because. When things go wrong you will have to first find out what caused it. It will be very difficult for you to remedy the situation, if you do not know where the problem is coming from. So identify the problem first and find a way to resolve it. Prepare for it: The best way to cope with problems is to expect for it to happen. This does not mean that you are going to be a pessimist, but it going to be smart for you to be ready, so that you will know what to do. Imagine what can and might go wrong before it happens, so you will not be surprised when it does. Be flexible: Plans are supposed to keep you right on track but when things go wrong, you should be flexible enough to make things work. Explore other options, and be ready to go off course. Accept and let go: Do not dwell so much on the fact that you failed. Mistakes happen and it can happen again and it can happen to anyone. Just accept it because it is part of your journey and let go. Continue with your plans and do not quit.