During my working years, colleagues and managers always ensured they had a three and five year ‘plan’ – one that saw ambition, training and development and opportunity, clearly defined and a route marked out to follow. I always smiled to myself when I was asked, at least every year at the annual appraisal, “what does your three and five year plan look like and what progress are you making?” My answer was always the same, ‘I don’t have a plan beyond tonight, tomorrow will be unknown until we get there, but tonight, we are introducing a different food to our son, to ensure a balanced diet’ I’m sure I never made the big time because of answer’s like this … perhaps I should have made something up and been highly successful now 🙂
There is a mid way between the two though, and maybe I was just being awkward at work, but those who care for someone will likely understand when I say that every day is a new day and that new day may bring happiness and new adventures, or it may bring regression, pain and turmoil just as easy. A three or five year plan needs to be flexible enough to allow rethinking of the laid out objectives. For instance, we may want to experience a flight on a plane, but equally, that may never happen so don’t dwell on it.
As a follower and sometime workplace coach of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) we do have a focus of sorts and this blog site hopes to put over our drive and determination to promote an inclusive society we dream of.
Neuro-linguistic programming is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in California, United States in the 1970s. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes, language and behavioral patterns learned through experience, and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. Bandler and Grinder also claim that NLP methodology can “model” the skills of exceptional people, allowing anyone to acquire those skills. They claim as well that, often in a single session, NLP can treat problems such as phobias, depression, tic disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, near-sightedness, allergy, common cold, and learning disorders.
I don’t know enough to argue the point with these people, far from it, in my experience using the principles of NLP have help me to quietly influence opinion, determine personal direction and also inspired a stepping stone approach to helping our son achieve, where we have broken down end goals into achievable steps. Today, I think that there is no such thing as a three or five year plan – save that for business models – no I believe it is a life-time plan that may have stages in it which could be hourly, annually or even decades for each step. The important think is to evaluate your progress, rethink your next steps and maybe rethink your goals. If your goals are sound and you truly believe them, they will remain, but you may need to rethink your journey to get there.
We have reached a point this week where we need to pause and rethink how to move forward. Some doors have been shut and the proverbial backs have been turned on us, needing now that we look for another opening and other opportunities.