Plans Are Useless

How was your holiday weekend?

Ours was filled with lots of adulting…a late spring cleaning if you will,although it didn’t go anything like planned…

It was one of our two planned Recovery Weeks at The Transformation Club (I’ll elaborate on that in another newsletter) so Janell and I had every intention of getting a bunch of work down on our business and our house prior to the 4th and then relax and enjoy some family time…maybe go hiking with Badger.

Well, all that went out the window when I woke up on Saturday (6/29) not feeling so hot.  Being gone for pretty much 10 days, 6 airplanes, and spending most of the rest of my time between hotel and conference rooms…apparently my body had enough.  I came down with a head-cold.

It was nothing too serious, just super-annoying.  Can’t even begin to count how many times I blew my nose!  :-b

We thought it would be just a quick day or two, but then Janell came down with it, and it lingered on…

It’s quite the rarity that either one of us get sick, and I can’t remember the last time we were BOTH sick at the same time.

Well, clearly God’s plan was different than ours.  

Apparently, we needed to rest sooner than we planned.

So, we spent the first half of the week doing just that.  We took care of some of the necessary things in our business like coaching calls and some admin, but most of our time was on the couch.

By the 4th we were both feeling much better and our adulting around the house and some of our more serious business conversations/planning ensued…right up to yesterday…and we ended the week with most of our list checked off.  🙂

So, why am I sharing all this with you?

It makes for a good lead into a quote I wanted to share with you (and explore more myself)…

“Plans are useless, but planning is essential.”  – President Eisenhower

It seems a bit paradoxical, doesn’t it?

Often the plan we create isn’t what actually achieves the goal, however the plan itself does make a good starting point and the act of planning gets us thinking and exploring various options, even contingencies.  The knowledge we gain during planning becomes very useful as we embark on the plan…

Make sense?

I bring this up because I think, especially with fitness, people try to wing it too much…

For one, there’s no CLEAR goal (outcome or behavioral) so there’s no real way to even measure success.  

Second, the “plan” is extremely vague – “Join a fitness program and eat better.”

The lack of a clear goal and a well-defined plan quickly becomes an issue when life inevitably happens…

Someone gets sick…

A job change occurs…

A family member needs care…

An injury occurs…

The list goes on and on.  LIFE HAPPENS.

It’s our ability to adapt that determines our ultimate success…but that’s pretty much impossible with no clear definition of success (a goal) or a means to achieve it (a plan).

One other thing I often see…and have fallen prey to myself…is having a really detailed plan and then becoming so locked into that plan that when life does inevitably happen and the original plan no longer works…you just give up all together on the goal.

Sound familiar at all?

I love this quote I found for that:

“When it is obvious that the goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goal, adjust the action plan.” – Confucius

By the way, there’s also something really powerful that happens when we do set a clear goal and create a plan…

I actually covered that in a recent newsletter about the power of DECISION, which you can read HERE.

I’ll leave you with these 3 Steps to Achieving Your Goal that I picked up many years ago:

  1. Build a Plan
  2. Drive For Results
  3. Be Strategically Agile

That last one is where so many get tripped up…

If that happens to you and you’d like some coaching on it just let me know.


Justin Yule

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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