What’s the Point of Plans?

It takes a lot of courage to not have plans in your life and business. The traditional way of doing business is most definitely to have a plan, in fact it’s even called that, a business plan.  It sets out your intentions with your business, where you want to go with it, and how you think you will get there.  If you need funding to help you get started, or take your business to the next level you will almost definitely need this kind of plan. That’s understandable, as someone offering funding most likely will want to know what you ‘plan’ to do with it.

The thing about plans though is that they often don’t happen as planned! In fact, you probably know that old joke ‘If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”  That’s because they so often don’t work out in the way they have been set out.

I didn’t realise until quite recently that a plan is in fact just something that gives you a sense of security. And that’s all. With that sense of security, fear can take a back seat, and when fear is absent, Love can come forth, which is when synchronicity, miracles and magic happen.

A colleague of mine said to me recently, “I love driving on unknown roads, but I also like having my GPS on the back seat.”  Meaning that it’s fine to go on the journey your business is taking you on by turning left and right based on your gut feelings, but it’s nice to know you have a plan if you need it!

However, what do you do when the plans don’t go according to plan? It’s then that your attachment to the outcome becomes important – or not.  If you are attached to what your plans said would happen, then it’s going to cause you a lot of grief when they don’t work out as you wanted them to. Not just grief either – fear, anger, irritation, tension, stress, tightness, even blame maybe.

But if you really don’t mind about the outcome of your plans, then you’re free to experience whatever happens as fine in it’s own right. And it’s then that learning can take place – because so often, when you are not hidebound by your plans, restricted into their narrow pathways, you discover the joys of the unexpected; the delight of spontaneity; the spaciousness that allows you to entertain all sorts of things that would not otherwise have seen the light of day.

Having said this, what is important is knowing where you want to go – or at least the general direction. If you know this, then when the plan falls apart, you can still be going where you want to go, just in a different way from what you thought it would be. You probably also know by now that your divine path in life, whether it be through business or any other form, is never straight – which plans tend to be. It may be frustrating that you appear to have to ‘go the long way round’ – but there are often has hidden benefits when you can relax into being taken on your journey, instead of taking yourself.

So what are your plans for your business? Are you heading somewhere specific? Do you have a plan to get you there? Are you simply pointing your nose in the general direction and hoping? Or are you pointing your nose, being still regularly and asking for guidance as to which way to go next? Let me know what happens if you decide to experiment with this!

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