I’m not keen on making plans these days. Even the smallest of regular or time-specific commitments can be scuppered by my unreliable health. Which is depressing and erodes my confidence a little bit more each time.
But there are things I want to have and do, and I suspect they aren’t going to happen without a plan of some sort. Or a strategy. Which basically means the same as a plan, but somehow sounds more flexible, less daunting.
I find it interesting the way certain words can acquire an emotional charge which gets in our way when we use them. Sometimes just using a different word for the same thing changes your whole perspective on a situation.
To me a PLAN sounds fixed, rigid, imposed, and invokes anxiety, stress and fear of failure. Whereas a STRATEGY speaks of ideas, possibility, flexibility, options and allows me to relax.
Other people will react quite differently to the same words, but for me right now, I feel better about the thought of setting myself some goals for the coming year if I think about outlining a strategy for achieving them rather than a making a plan.
Next task: Make a list of goals. I think I’ll start with a wish-list which can be as fanciful as I like. Then whittle it down to something I feel comfortable with. I think I need the goals before I define the starting point from which I measure my progress, but we’ll see – it’s just a strategy, not a plan 😉