The less familiar we are with what we’re doing, the more beneficial having a plan might be.
Even if only for building contextual knowledge to use to figure things out later on our own.
This is true of pretty much any effort in life.
Learning new eating habits.
Figuring out how to train.
Exploring a novel academic pursuit.
Contemplating a career change.
No matter what we hope to achieve, there is usually a plan to follow.
A set of steps for us to take to increase our chances of success.
To take us from where we are to where we want to be.
But following a plan can be hard.
It can be boring.
It can be tedious.
It can be slow.
So, many of us decide not to follow the plan.
We keep up some of our old habits.
We integrate aspects of other plans we’ve read about.
We never fully commit to any one strategy.
We aren’t actually following any plan.
Then we wonder why we don’t see any progress.
We wonder why the plan isn’t working.
We blame the plan that we’re not following.
You might be hesitant to just follow the plan.
You might think it’s too simple.
That you’re special.
That you can do better.
These may be true.
Give it a shot “as is” before adjusting or customizing.
How do you know if the plan works without actually following the plan?
This isn’t to say that you might not need to make adjustments to the plan.
Or that you won’t need to customize it to your needs.
You probably will.
When first getting started, though, you’ll benefit from sticking to a proven plan.
Establishing a baseline.
From there, you’ll be in a better position to adjust.
To make one change at a time.
See how that change affects your progress.
Find that baseline first.
Follow the plan.
This may take patience.
This may take time.
This may take humility.
It will be worth it.
You are worth it.
You’ve got this.