What do dreams and inspiration have to do with planning?
At first I thought they were distinct schools of thought. After all, planning is a left-brained activity. It’s analytical. You’re using your mind to develop goals, and then strategies and tactics to achieve those goals.
My difficulty in identifying the connection between these three things made it difficult for me to accept my new business path because I felt it somehow negated everything I’ve stood for and taught for the past 30 years. I was a marketer, a strategic planner. I helped people develop step-by-step plans to achieve the success they were seeking.
But deep in my heart I still believed in everything I’ve taught.
I also knew that while I have always planned just about everything, there was something else going on in my life that never quite fit with my plans.
Over the past 10 years I’ve realized that something is Living Inspired.
Paying attention to inspired ideas and following them. Ideas that have never been a part of my plans. Yet at the same time were powerful and almost magical in their ability to move me forward toward what I was trying to achieve. Or to achieve something even better than my mind could have dreamed up.
And then I saw this quote from Gloria Steinem…
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
And I realized, that’s it!
The connection I had been waiting for.
As I reflect back I can now see that dreams are the seed of every plan. And inspiration is the catalyst of every dream. And, when you stay open to inspired ideas when implementing plans, the Universe lends a helping hand to move those plans along.
It became clear that inspiration and dreams are simply what always prompted my plans and strategies and tactics. And when I was able to stay open, and allow my plans to evolve based on what was showing up, the process always flowed more easily and moved me forward more effectively and efficiently.