Put Planning In Its Place

Busy Making Plans“Life is what happens,” the old quote goes, “when you are busy making other plans.” As valuable as planning can be, overdoing it saps all the joy and spontaneity from life.

It’s so easy to feel you are not ready to begin! You want to do more research, talk to a few more people, read a couple more books, or get better organized first. While it’s common to want to feel prepared for what’s ahead, perhaps there’s really something else going on.

Flexibility, adaptability, and resilience are life skills that help us “go with the flow.” The truth? No one can prepare, script, or plan for every possibility. A more loving choice is to relax into all that was, is and will be—trusting that Universal love is always unfolding the highest good for all, in all through all.

What about you? Do you over prepare? Do you worry that you won’t perform adequately if you don’t anticipate every possibility and think through every detail in advance? Iyanla Vanzant describes worrying as praying for what you don’t want. Where’s the sense in that?

Must you handle everything yourself because no one else will do it as well as you do? Do you keep your hands clenched in a white-knuckle grip on the controls of life at all times? Are you unwilling, or unable, to relax and let life blossom organically? 

While a reasonable level of preparation is useful, over-preparation keeps you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Get clear on the debilitating difference between love-fueled excellence and fear-fueled perfectionism. Then take a chance. Embrace the liberating power of trusting God with the details! Show up without knowing exactly how things will go and trust that, not only will everything be okay, it just might exceed your wildest dreams!

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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