What’s Your Plan?

Why do we spend more time planning a vacation than we do planning our lives? Think about it. You’re taking your family to Miami to get away from the cold winter as a Christmas gift. You plan it a whole year in advance. You find hotels, a rental car, restaurants, beaches, tourist sites, and malls you want to go to. Not to mention, you find a Miami Heat game, which includes where to sit, what to eat during halftime, and where to park. Among these ideas are hundreds of other details that need to be planned out. While you do this, what are you doing with your life plan? Do you have a plan for the next year? How about for the next six months? Are you going to wake up tomorrow and just see how things go? Planning our lives is an idea that my mentor and friend, George Raveling, presented to me one of the first times I spoke with him on the phone. It was later expounded upon when I met with him last August. As Coach Rav said, “How will you know when you’ve arrived if you don’t know where you’re going?”

As a current growing and inspiring leader, if I don’t know where I’m going, how can I lead someone else? As a basketball coach, my team needed me to know where I was going and where I wanted them to go in order to arrive there. On top of that, they wanted to know what they must do to get there. If I didn’t know what I needed of myself to get there, I wouldn’t have been able to give them the requirements and expectations needed in order for them to arrive at the destination where I saw their potential able to take them. Leaders and coaches see those they lead for who they have the potential to become, not for who they currently are.

Developing a life plan starts today. Coach Rav has talked about 5 year plans. While we were speaking, I raised the question of how to adjust when those plans don’t go as previously planned. Relating my question to the unforeseen full court press coming the first possession out of halftime when we expected a soft zone, we make adjustments, as Coach said. Growth and development begin with a plan. Once we have a plan, we immediately rise into the top 20% of individuals because we have direction! We are no longer flying around by the seat of our pants. We aren’t waking up and hoping something good works out. We control our day, instead of our day controlling us. We are living life, instead of letting life live us. Once a long term vision is on paper and understood, short term steps can be taken to help reach the long term desires. Yearly, monthly, and weekly planning sessions must take place in order to narrow down necessary tasks and the importance behind each decision.

As said best by Coach Rav, “If there’s going to be positive change in my life, I must initiate it.” That goes for you and I both. Create a plan and take control of your life. If you haven’t done so yet, do so now!