We like to plan a trip and then prepare for it. Depending on how long, where we’re going and how we’re getting there, the time variable changes accordingly in all three categories.
When starting a new project (pick one) we may have a vision for why we’re doing it, some specific objectives and then we create a design and plan to move toward achieving those goals.
Imagine painting a boat, a house or a room, and how we might anticipate a different color and what it will look like, what effect it might present and then we get the surface ready by means of a thorough preparation.
If writing a blog or a book, we think about what it is that’s inviting us to express these thoughts or ideas in words. We may craft an outline or just start writing and see how either of those plans evolve.
It might be time for a big change, in work, in a relationship, in some personal situation or condition and we anticipate what it will take to make the change, insofar as we have the choice, to influence the outcome. A planned change is better than an unplanned one.
None of the five examples above describe the third part of the process, the desired realization. What seems best is not to be overly attached to the outcome. Here are five questions to assess what you may or may not have realized. Not every plan comes to fruition.
1 – Were the time, effort, energy, talent and resources invested worthwhile? How might you allocate those in the future?
2 – Did you encounter any obstacles along the way toward realization and if so, what were they and how did you deal with them?
3 – Given what you learned through the process of anticipation, preparation and realization, if you were doing it again, what would you do differently?
4 – Which part or stage was the most challenging and why was that?
5 – If you achieved your “dream” how did you celebrate?
“…..that sanguine expectation of happiness which is happiness itself.” Jane Austen in Sense and Sensibility