A good, solid plan is generally needed when starting out on a new venture; whether it is a move, new career, starting a business or going on a trip, etc. Planning is a good way to make sure the desired result is achieved through our actions. In order to make actions produce what we want, we must plan to the best of our ability. However, a plan is just that until it is put into action. Talking and laying out ideas is good, but at some point, action must take place.
Blueprints are a useful and necessary tool in preparation for construction of a home. They lay out the structure of the property and provide a great visual for the people building the house. A blueprint is just a blueprint though, if the house never gets built. It is a great thing to have, but it is not an end result. Without taking action on the blueprint, and not building the house, nothing really gets accomplished. We can’t live in a blueprint, afterall. Without taking action, a plan is ultimately useless. For example, if one sets out to find a new career, a plan must be put in place as far as taking action steps needed to reach our goal. When a person sets out to find a new career, they must update their resume, network with people, gain new skills or training and finally search and apply for jobs. If most these action steps are not actually done, finding a new job or career will not happen.
Why take the time to plan something that you truly want to pursue, just to let it go by the way side, because of fear, laziness or procrastination, etc? If so much effort is put into planning something that is of interest, inaction is not just foolish, but also a complete waste of time and energy. This does not relate to situations where a person realizes they do not actually want to pursue what they had originally planned on. If someone is planning to start a certain business, but realizes it is not a responsible business to go into, it is certainly okay not to follow through on a plan. However, after much planning, if the goal is still longed for, not acting on it will just make the plans go to waste.
Remember, a plan is just a plan without action. A house that never gets built makes the blueprint void. In order to get to our ultimate goals, we do need to start with a solid plan. However, the plan is useless in the end, if action is not taken. Make sure to plan, then act. Don’t stop with a blueprint.