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Six impossible things

Cartoon #6288 - And, unfortunately, heres us.
Continuing with the theme of targets from yesterday.

While I was between meetings today it struck me forcibly that most people don't plan and set themselves targets because they believe that there is no point. Not in having a target but simply no point in setting a precise target because they expect that things will happen to prevent it being achieved as they would wish.

I don't believe in pre-destination or fate or luck or any of those happenstance philosophies. But there is one thing that I know - I actually know more than one thing - and that is that if you believe you can't e.g. achieve a target you've set yourself, then you can't and because you believe that you won't. There are of course many "truisms" about planning that I won't repeat here: they are cheesy and while they may perhaps be true "truisms", they are cliche'd.

Beliefs are easily changed.

So what is the secret of successful planning and target setting?

believe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First of all, believe that you can achieve it.

Second do all that you can to make it possible - prepare to achieve.

Third, make a plan in small task stages that ensures you achieve it.

Fourth, just get on and take action and do it.

Your brain is easily fooled into believing the impossible, so start being like the White Queen,

"I can't believe that!" said Alice.

"Can't you?" the queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."

Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things."

"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

As the cartoon which opens this post suggests, you can often find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. However believing in finding yourself in the right place and at the right time (what you might call good luck) is really just about doing good planning. It makes sense.

 

JohnF

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