Things don’t always go as planned.
I have heard that the best way to humor God is to make plans. This makes sense because what we plan to do may not be in alignment with His ultimate plan for our lives. Please understand that God’s plan does and always will trump yours. Even with this little known fact, many people still try to force their plan into action after they’ve been met with countless challenges. Many people do not recognize these challenges or obstacles as “signs”. Much like the signs on the road help direct our path, the “signs” we receive are meant to do the same.
Be clear, I am not saying to not try and try again once you have failed at an attempt at something, I am saying to not ignore the signs that may be telling you to try it a different way or to try something completely new. The ends do not necessarily have to justify the means. How you arrive at a particular set of results does not matter as much as actually getting to the end result itself. The “how” is trivial. There is more than one way to arrive at a particular destination. The number 3 can be derived by multiplying 1 and 3, adding 2 and 1, subtracting 4 and 1 and dividing 6 and 2. You get the idea. The end result is 3; the route you choose to get to your answer is totally up to you. Don’t stop until you find your answer.
When you plan something, learn to expect bumps in the road. When you experience the fork in the road, pick a side but do not stop. Just because one step did not go as planned does not mean that the entire plan is scrapped. Champions embrace challenges with open arms for two reasons; what doesn’t kill them makes them stronger and they have an opportunity to learn valuable lessons from that experience. Learn to quickly recognize your challenges as “signs”, embrace them, tackle them head on and execute a different strategy. If something doesn’t go as planned, it may be time to get back to the drawing board. While everything we do may not go as planned, that should not prevent us from planning. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Remember this: It’s difficult to hit a bulls-eye without a target.
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