The Power of a Written Plan

I have a special fondness for Kelsey, the daughter of my friends Terry and Gail, no doubt due to the fact that she was conceived in our guest bedroom in Bucks County, Pa, a bit over 20 years ago. She didn’t see the humor in that when I was the one to tell her during a dinner at her parents’ house in northern California a few years ago.

Now a student of nursing at Arizona State University, Kelsey has worked hard to overcome challenges. In addition to being dyslexic she also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In spite of these obstacles she’s maintained a grade point average well in excess of the required 3.5 that’s the minimum to stay in the program.

Kelsey has a plan. Not only does she have a plan, she has a written plan. Terry said, “She has written plans for the next ten years. She creates weekly plans that she reviews weekly, and monthly and yearly plans that she reviews monthly. The length of her planning depends on the situation. For example, with schooling, she has planned out quite a ways as she intends to work before going back to get her master’s (or, perhaps, her Doctorate in Nursing).”

Kelsey said, “I set priorities by first making a list of all of the things I want or need to get done. Then I put them in order of which task needs to be completed first with the date and/or time they need to be completed by along with where it will be done/where it needs to be submitted. If something needs to be done by tomorrow morning, I would make that my first priority.”

One of the hardest steps to get those who begin a program of exercise and healthy eating to take is to write down their goals, with a time frame. The reason, of course, is that writing goals down makes them a commitment. And if we write them down and then share them with others, then it really is a commitment.

Most of you reading this don’t suffer from dyslexia or ADHD, so if Kelsey can do it, why not you?” Your chance of success will increase significantly.

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