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A goal requires a plan; it’s the roadmap for acheiving your goal. If you’re serious about achieving a goal, you have to realize that simply saying “I’m gonna…” is not enough. “I’m gonna…” never actually happens.

A goal is a dream plus a date. Once you put a date on your goal, you can create a plan. But without plans, goals fade back into being nothing more than dreams.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

You’re never going to reach a goal if you don’t have a plan! You have to form a logical set of actions needed to reach your goal. It’s a great first step to set a goal and decide on where you want to be. But after you’ve decided on your goal, you then need to figure out how to get there.

In martial arts, the plan is right in front of you. If your goal is to become a black-belt, you already have an established plan to get there. Each rank in between white-belt and black-belt is a part of a planned process to get you to your goal. All you have to do is follow the plan.

However, plans sometimes need to be flexible. It is possible to earn a black belt in 30 months. This is the shortest amount of time possible, but very few people accomplish this! Most people take a bit longer, which is perfectly fine!

This is part of life. You’re always going to have to be ready to adjust your plan. Whether it’s martial arts or something else, if you’ve set a big goal like black-belt, everything might not go according to plan. You have to be willing and ready to adjust.

This is actually a positive thing! Big goals take time and a serious plan, and it is better to stretch yourself than to make things too easy. It is a necessary part of setting big goals that you stay ready to adjust your plan. This doesn’t mean your plans should be limp and lifeless! Adjust your plans, don’t abandon them. Failure is simply a part of the trial-and-error process of success. Account for that in your plan and then get going!

So, you’ve set a goal and you’ve made your plan. Now what?

You’ll find out the secret next week.

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