2017 didn’t go as planned? Here’s 3 reasons why you should plan 2018 anyway

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So 2017 didn’t go as planned. I get it. I really do. 2017 did not go well for me either. My husband died in June, so I understand completely.

2017 had so much promise. My husband was supposed to recover from open heart surgery. We’d put a deposit down on a beach vacation for September. I was about to self-publish my first book. And then my world blew up and my plans with it.

I thought about not planning for 2018. I didn’t think I could face another year of happy plans going awry. I prayed about it, thought about, and talked to wise people in my life about it.

The result? I am making plans for 2018, and you should to. Here’s why:

Planning isn’t a mistake or a waste of time.

The planning itself is helpful. It helps you examine and evaluate your life, and how you spend your time. Periodic introspection is important to keep yourself connected with your inner person in this insanely busy world.

No plans equals no direction which equals drifting.

When you’ve had a bad year, it’s easy to throw up your hands and give into the feeling that life will continue going that way. If you don’t make any plans for the future, this will be a self-fulfilling prophecy. You don’t need to make elaborate plans. It can be a handful of goals or one per quarter even. Just plan something so you don’t drift.

2017 didn’t go poorly because you planned.

There is no karma that says this is what you get for thinking you could control your year by planning or that you planning brought the ugly on. Don’t get caught up in that kind of nonsensical thinking. It’s easy to go there, I know. I did that myself when my mother was dying.

Call to action:

Make plans for 2018. Go simple or complicated. Include some vacation days in your plans, and enjoy the planning process itself. I will be doing this myself this afternoon.