Personal, professional, and social progress demands persistent action. The greatest goals, ideas, plans, and skills in the world are useless unless they are combined with a generous amount of persistence. Persistence is a byproduct of passion. Passion leads to a zest in the pursuit. To keep the passion, we must constantly remind ourselves of the benefits we are expecting from our efforts.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” -- Calvin Coolidge
Goals can be achieved without a plan. It will most likely take us much longer, but we will eventually progress if we stay committed. The dangerous thing about not having a plan is that the longer it takes to progress toward a goal, the more likely we are to search out or give in to other ways. Note that I said other ways, not better ways. And I said try to feel, not feel.
Without a plan, we are likely to get discouraged and give up. “Losing sight of the goal” means that it has not been defined clearly enough, and/or not held on to long enough, to be realized. A plan helps us achieve our crafted goals faster and more efficiently, without wasting resources or pulling our hair out.
Contributed by: Dean Lindsay, Award Winning Speaker and Author of The Progress Challenge & Co-Author of Stepping Stones to Success