“Man Plans, and God Laughs” | Yet plans and journals do matter

“Man plans, and God laughs”

Here’s why I believe and re-enforce that plans and journals matter in personal progress.

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You can google and you will net a vast haul of quotes about planing, or failing to plan or actions speaking louder than words to countenance any thoughts you have on the topic of writing down what you want to do and plotting progress along the away. Call one a plan, if you like. Call the other a journal, if you wish.

Some people see themselves as doers. They do not need a plan. A pragmatic and iterative approach will prevail. Any degree of progress will outweigh the inaction or longtail of perfection.

At the other end of the spectrum there are people will simply find it impossible to take the proverbial first step without a detailed roadmap, a set of players, stakeholders and beneficiaries. The laurel wreath of perfection set upon a clear chiseled embodiment of outcomes.

Both approaches work to some smaller or larger degree and the reality is that for most of us, we do both to some smaller or larger degree depending on how familiar we are with the situation and our baseline tendencies.

What I want to cover here is that whichever your preferred approach might be.

There is a place for both and there are benefits to be had in using both.


The best thing you can do with a plan is to not over-think it.

People get caught upon the personal accountability and the minutiae of step to the end goal.

The short cut I ask people to remember is to only focus on the outcome. Rather than listing steps, list the outcome you want.

Your plan will be shorter. the steps inherently known to you (mostly). It also allows for learning and evolution along the way for when things go off-piste or if you don’ know what to do. It allows for who to reach out to.

That’s far more positive than blame gaming; yourself or others.

JOURNALING, or call it a diary.

This could be an notes ection of your plan or it could be something held much more to the side and personal.

Journalling allows us to formulate and to understand the narrative of what we do and think. We now know more about why we are where we are.

Whereas actions may appear to take us off course when times become difficult. The narrative in our journal will allow for us to understand what we learn, what we appreciate as a result and to bank that experience for another time. There will be another time.

A journal is a version of an autobiography. We can write what we want to happen in the next chapter. We have insight because of the time we’ve allowed to reflect and understand our current position. We can plot our way to the next stage.


This brings me back to why we should embrace God laughing.

I sincerely believe that when we think we know it all, that we plan for every eventuality, then we have shown how little we know about life and its labyrinth of turns.

Every labyrinth needs either light to direct our way or a thread to help us re-trace our steps.

The plan is the light. The journal is the thread.

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