Blog Post # 138 – A False Assurance

We sometimes think that we do not need a plan because we already know what to do.

We do not need a regimen because we know that we should exercise.

We do not need to plan our meals because we know that we should eat healthy.

But here’s the thing:

A precise and focused, written plan puts us in a stronger position to succeed.

Nebulous, fuzzy goals generate nebulous, fuzzy results.

I once set a goal to create 90 YouTube videos in 90 days.

Every day, I checked a box on a desk calendar to demonstrate that I had completed my YouTube video for that day.

My job then was to keep checking the box and marking out each day.

At the end of 90 days, I had completed my goal.

For years, I had said that I needed to take up running and exercise more.

My enemy – although I did not know it – was that I believed that because I knew that I should run more, I would automatically run more.

Simply knowing what we need to do is not the same as doing what we need to do.

Our rationalization muscles are strong – we lean back and tell ourselves that we already know what we need to do in order to accomplish our goal.

But this is a false assurance.

An empty self-deception.

Action is what we need … and maybe to be a little less sure about what we need to know.