Making “concrete plans” is laughable. Beware the control freak who makes your feel guilty because you don’t have a clear long-term plan for your life and job. Be very suspicion of the guy who tells you, “I’ve got a plan.”
Unless you’ve figured out how to time travel and take a look into the future, you have no way to be certain what is going to happen five minutes or five years from now. One phone call can completely change your life and plans forever.
When it comes to planning, humility is required.
So, what to do? The answer is you plan, but you plan like a bookie.
Planning is what you “hope” to do, what you aspire to see happen. Planning is about direction. Planning is about driving down a stake in the time-continuum and saying, I’d like to see this happen on such and such date and in such and such way.
And then, like a bookie, you measure the odds that your plans will come to fruition. If you don’t like those odds, then you do something to change those odds (that is called “working your plan”).
This day-in and day-out process of evaluating an ever-changing landscape and, in light of the most current information that you have, doing something to increase the odds of your success and hoping and praying that things work out in your favor is the essence of planning. (Better read that long sentence again!)
The ONE THING for today: So, what are you going to do today to increase the odds that your hopes and dreams (RE: Plan) comes true?