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“A Good Plan Today Is Better Than a Perfect Plan Tomorrow “

Christmas 2009 snow in the Midwest
Breakfast and goal planning.

It’s currently 7am on the day after Christmas. The restaurant I’m currently eating breakfast at has decided to shut down because of the continued snow fall that has rocked the Midwest both yesterday and today. It’s nasty out here. We did get a white Christmas though, which doesn’t happen very often.

The plan today was to eat a nice breakfast and plan 2010. (For whatever reason, I’ve always loved “working” on days off.) I’m fixing to do some serious reflecting and projecting. You see, a few things have recently inspired me on the topic of planning. A little snow isn’t enough to keep me from dreaming today.

First off, there’s Chris Guillebeau’s annual review. Chris has the right idea when it comes to planning: go on a vacation to plan. If you can put yourself in a fun environment to re-evaluate your game plan, then you’re going to have more fun doing it. Chris has inspired me in so many ways this year, and if you aren’t already a subscriber (like me) to his blog, than you’re really missing out.

The other thing that’s really inspired me this morning is a quote by George Patton:

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I can’t wait to share some of the ideas that I’m going to be publishing in 2010.

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chrisguillebeau December 26, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Great Patton quote! And thanks for the props.

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Glen Stansberry December 27, 2009 at 8:32 am

Anytime, my man :)

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chrisguillebeau December 27, 2009 at 4:47 am

Great Patton quote! And thanks for the props.

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Glen Stansberry December 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Anytime, my man :)

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mikezilla14 December 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Love the quote, somtimes good enough is good enough. I often find myself trashing perfectly good ideas in search of some mythical perfect idea. We need to build some flexibility into our plans for personal development and life if we're going to keep moving forward. In the end it's about getting involved in battles. We're never going to win the war in one move.

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cedar chests December 28, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Sometimes good is enough. It is better that way so you can have room for improvement.

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mikezilla14 December 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Love the quote, somtimes good enough is good enough. I often find myself trashing perfectly good ideas in search of some mythical perfect idea. We need to build some flexibility into our plans for personal development and life if we're going to keep moving forward. In the end it's about getting involved in battles. We're never going to win the war in one move.

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cedar chests December 29, 2009 at 1:36 am

Sometimes good is enough. It is better that way so you can have room for improvement.

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Ray December 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Before planning, plan carefully.

Said Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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Ray December 29, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Before planning, plan carefully.

Said Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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Marsha Egan January 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

You're right about getting out of your routine to plan. Whether it is taking a vacation or just setting yourself up in another part of your home, or taking over a table at Starbucks, the change of venue gives you the freedom to think openly.

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