Ever heard the saying, “Even the best laid plans are laid to waste”. It’s been a constant theme in my head as I look to establish myself here in the Pacific Northwest. I determined this course months ago. My present situation started as a vision, a dream or even a wish if you will. I had plenty of time to distill the dream in the Peace Corps, in between those excruciatingly frustrating and scintillatingly awe-inspiring moments. I had the freedom to let my mind wander first to possibilities and then on to probabilities and finally to the concrete plan. What started those months ago in my dreams is now my current reality and I am charged with one single task, don’t screw it up, don’t lay my plan to waste.
Many times we get so caught up in a frustrating moment that it causes us a momentary lapse of confidence. We lose sight of our original plan and suddenly the entire mission is derailed. If you’ve taken the time to strategize a course of action, if you’ve thought over the details, replayed the benefits and detriments in your head, if you’ve identified and mobilized resources; give yourself a fighting chance. Don’t be so quick to call a sunk cost if you can avoid it with a little elbow grease.
Some of us recite that idiom about plans being laid to waste and imagine some omnipotent insurmountable God-like figure with a chip on his shoulder. Throw in a half-pint of adversity and it becomes a bit easier to understand why it becomes so easy for us to give up. Who wants to butt heads with omnipotence? If you find yourself in that situation, think back to the self-assurance and swagger you originally created your plan with, consult a few close confidants to remind yourself that what you are struggling to attain is worth the effort and remember, even the best laid plans can come to fruition.