When I was growing up, one of the shows that I liked (and still like) is The A-Team. And while the whole team was great, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith was my favorite. Looking back at it now through my grown up lens there is one feature of his character that stands out.
Hannibal had a catch phrase “I love it when a plan comes together.” But the funny thing is, he never had a set plan that went through exactly as he may have envisioned it. He had an end goal, and was flexible in the means taken to reach that goal. This brings to mind this quote from an unknown author:
Be stubborn about your goals,
And flexible about your methods
Very often we might think we know what path we will ultimately take to reach our goals, however obstacles may come that force us to take different paths. If we are flexible about our methods, or which path we take, we are more likely to achieve our goals. This is true whether you are a mercenary on the run from the military police or an office worker trying to get the latest TPS report done.
About five years ago I had set some five-year goals. As this period is coming to a close I can see that many of the goals I set I have achieved or am close to achieving, however I definitely have not achieved some of them through the methods I originally thought. There are some goals that have become outdated and I no longer desire to achieve, and there are some that the underlying meaning behind the goal still exists even if the stated goal does not. Maintaining flexibility is key to achieving your goals.
More short term, I set weekly goals. I do not plan out exactly, hour-by-hour, how I will accomplish these goals on a daily basis. I prefer a more organic approach, scheduling time to work on projects as they fit my priority and inspiration. And though my day to day may not seem as firm, that flexibility winds up allowing me to reach my goals.
Regardless of how you may achieve your goals, the important step is to set goals and be stubborn in your efforts to reach them. Then when you achieve your goal you can chuckle, grin (cigar optional), and say “I love it when a plan comes together.”