The Perfectly Acceptable Plan

“First do what is necessary. Then do what is possible. And before you know it, you are doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis Of Assisi

“Progress equals happiness.” – Tony Robbins

For anything you want to accomplish, first get out a pen and paper and write down all the possible steps from start to finish. Don’t worry about having enough skills, time, money, or resources to accomplish the steps. Assume you have everything you need This is more brainstorming than anything else. When done, call this your “perfect plan.”

Next, go back through all the steps and put an asterisk next to the ones you deem integral to just getting the job done. Not a great job mind you, but just finishing. Maybe like a C or D on a test or term paper. Call this your “acceptable plan.” (Or inspired by Seth…your M.V.P. Your Minimum Viable Plan.)

Then, start working on the asterisks. Whatever they are…Make that phone call. Send that email. Do the research. Etc.

Pretty soon, you’ll start to gain momentum and energy as you knock out the asterisks. You might find that things weren’t as hard or took as long as you originally thought. If that’s the case, then add back some of the other steps.

When all is said and done, what you’ll most likely end up with is a cross between the perfect plan and the acceptable plan. Call it, the “perfectly acceptable plan.”

Most important, it represents progress. Which is a whole heck of a lot better than doing nothing at all.

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