Plan to start

not to finish

It is of course important to finish. But, if you mix up the plans to starting and finishing, you may never get started. Once you start, you may need a whole new plan to finish, but it might be better to take things one step/plan at a time !

A great perspective from Jeff Olson in The Slight Edge (via Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s notes) :

“This is the point where people are often thrown off track. It’s easy to assume that you need to put together the plan that will get you there — in other words, the right plan. The plan that will work. No.

The point is not to come up with the brilliant blueprint that is guaranteed to take you all the way to the finish line. The point is simply to come up with a plan that will get you out of the starting gate. It’s not even that your starting plan doesn’t necessarily get you there — it for sure won’t get you there, at least not the exact plan you conceive at first. Nobody has that degree of perfect precision in long-range planning, and there are too many variables and surprises along the way that will require adjustments to the plan. You have to start with a plan, but the plan you start with will not be the plan that gets you there. In fact, just for emphasis, I’m going to say that once more:

You have to start with a plan, but the plan you start with will not be the plan that gets you there.”

— Jeff Olson from The Slight Edge

So another reminder that Nike’s “Just do it” is phase 2. “Just get started” is the real phase 1 !

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