A Natural Plan

When you have a big goal, the distance from where you are to where you want to be can seem huge. It may be so huge that you won’t know how to start or worry that it can’t be done.

The trick is to follow a natural plan. A natural plan adds useful detail to the adage, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” A natural plan contains

  • A qualitative description of your overall goal. How will you know that you are done? How will it feel?
  • A set of high-level milestones. From what you can tell right now, what are the major steps you’ll use to get to your goal?
  • At least one immediate next doable step. Given the goal and milestones, what is the first thing you can do? There will always be something you can do. Can you see anything else you might do? What would you do after that?

Describe your goal, set some high-level objectives, then get started with whatever makes the most sense. Notice what’s missing? Instead of taking time to build (or worry over) detailed plans, get started with a general direction and first steps. Then iterate: act, learn, adjust as you go, and repeat.

With a minimum amount of organization and very little stress, a natural plan will help you reach any size goal.


In your corner,


PS: As you proceed, you may stumble across fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, or guilt (fudwarg) that derails your progress. If so, remember to use tools like the Dirt-Simple Way Past Obstacles to get you back on track.

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