The great Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Think about that.  If you’ve thought through how to achieve your goals, before you take one action step, you’re well on your way.  

Many think the secret to achieving is the doing.  But I agree with Zig.  Without planning, anticipating obstacles and charting a realistic path, the doing may get you somewhere, but it will likely be a more difficult journey.  Of course, even the best plans can go awry.  So being realistic means making room for the inevitable unexpected twists and turns.  Give yourself permission to change direction and reset using the new knowledge you’ve gained about yourself and the situation.

Build in quiet time to think and rejuvenate.  Doing so is not a luxury.  It’s a necessity that will help to keep your energy flowing and your mind sharp.  You will spend plenty of time doing, but be smart about it.  Honor the wisdom of deliberate, flexible planning and quiet time.