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10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Making Plans

10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Making Plans

Life is about taking chances and you know what ruins such a chance? Plans. Plans. And today, I give you 10 reasons why it’s time for you to drop your pen and stop making plans to live your life full with chances!

1. Plans are just an illusion.

By making plans, you just create an illusion of control to yourself. You must be flexible enough to put a plan aside, especially if things don’t go the way you think they will. Plans are OK to work on, but really, a complete plan is illusory and rarely comes out the way you think it will.

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2. Plans skew perspective

What you imagine may not be what you see. Plans may alter your viewpoint, creating confusion to yourself. How you view your plan may look perfect, but as we go, the real form which will differ may change you point of view towards it.

3. Plans are solely guesses

No way can a person be so sure about their plans. They are merely hypothesis that you draw from your point of view. Plans are often laid out while you make guesses about what will be best to happen and how will it happen. In other words, they are not something solid and they are just possibilities you created for yourself that may or may not happen.

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4. Plans may blind you

You are often so fixated with your mind, carrying out your plan that perhaps you would have overlooked some other better options. Chances are there will be a whole new opportunity presented in front of your eyes but with plans that blinded your vision, you might just walked pass it. Before you know it, you had just missed that hard-to-get kind of opportunity.

5. Waste of time and energy

While laying out the whole plan, you definitely have to invest your time and energy in order to lay out what is on your mind.  You will also be wasting your time making assumptions and guesses that may or may not happen. Draining your energy thinking and keeping track of your plan can become exhausting.

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6. Source of unnecessary stress

Life is stressful enough to lead everyone in hope for a good rest, uninterrupted. Making plans would not make life easier by any chance. You may just end up gaining more stress compared to those that spend their free time with leisure and rest instead of making plans. With plans, you will feel anxious and you will be worry with fear that your plan may fail. How stressful will this be?

7. Party-spoilers

You rejected almost all invitations to have fun in order to keep your plan going. You are too concentrated on your plans and you literally zoned out all the fun around you. Even when you decided to just let yourself loose, guilt surrounds you with the thought that you have a plan to keep going. With all these restrictions, how are plans fun?

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8. Loss of the creative mind

After struggling with the mind and self, you finally managed to come out with a plan. You are satisfied with what you came out with and would definitely protect it. But what if as you go, something else comes up, a better way of doing it, a more unique way of solving a problem or achieving a goal? As you locked yourself with the plan, you will lock away the creative side in you with fear of taking chances.

9. Disappointments

Face the facts. Plans do not bring that much of satisfaction to you. Most of the time they will lead you to disappointment, pulling you down. It doesn’t always work the way you want and the outcome may not always be how you imagined it to be. Why would you want to fall into this pit of disappointment when the life away from plans is much more fun?

10. Give yourself a break!

This is the ultimate reason for not having any plans. Kick all the pens and papers away, free your mind and just lay back. Throw all the plans behind and enjoy the luxurious carefree life. Not having a plan means granting yourself the ability to do nothing at all.

Featured photo credit: Keith Williamson via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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