Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Birthday Big Plans

I had a birthday this week and my brother asked me if I had big plans.  The reply was "of course I have big plans - I always have big plans regardless of whether it is my birthday or not."

Reflecting on how often those big plans come to fruition, I note that they often don't.  But because I have plans, I get closer to them than not having big plans.  Big plans inspire.  Big plans create drive.  And as the word plan says - it implies defining the goal.  The clearer the definition, the greater the likelihood of success.

The challenge with big plans or goals is they can be daunting so the trick I find that works is breaking them down into smaller steps.  How do you climb a mountain?  One step at a time.

I have rarely had an article go viral.  I republished one that I wrote many years ago on my linkedin that did.  Over 1,000,000 views.  "How to write an article in 20 minutes".
A friend is solving the Guelph housing problem and needs tenants.  Website gives details.

The ice is gone but it is still not spring.

 Note the wind turbine.


At 7:54 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Big plans are just little micro-plans all placed neatly together to form one larger plan. When does that happen, say on a birthday; but do those big-plans really matter to you with many people whom you speak with once per year, or, would you rather sit in a nice comfortable chair/couch/daybed, etc., either quietly or listening to music, or whatever it is that you would like to do? Who are birthdays really for anyway? They're not for the birthday man or woman, but for the people around them to show them off like animals and remind the person, "look at my partner, they're 30, 40, 50, 60." Has anyone even asked the birthday person what they want (no, not gifts)?

All I can say is that birthdays are just not important to me because they lack something that is important to me: productivity. Whenever you are left without productivity, you must find something productive to do. It is not for the lack of relaxing; we all need that. It is for the simple premise that after the party is over, there are 365 more days left in a year for you to figure out how all of those little micro-plans fit into that 365 day picture. If you are successful, you will be wonderful at whatever it is that you step-by-step planned for. The bottom line, the world is not stopping for you, so perhaps you should stop for it on your birthday and while it is surely nice, there is always

With all of that being said and not to take away from Jim's, birthday; I wish you a happy and joyous birthday Jim. May this year be better than the last and may you enjoy every micro-plan you make. May you also remember these strategic micro plans at next year's birthday!

Happy Birthday!


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