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I don’t need a plan – am doing fine, thanks! June 16, 2006

Posted by John M McKee in Business.

John McKee 

My one on one coaching clients don't seem to have a lot in common.

They range in age from late 20's to 60's. Career wise, some of them have their own businesses, some are in corporate executive situations, a few are in professional roles and performing arts, and others are in transition, either between jobs or they've reached the point that after contemplating retirement they decided they are too young to just come to a full stop.

The majority of my clients are women, and I seem to attract a lot of people involved in broadcasting, telecommunications, and cable or satellite. Some came to me from diverse industries such as real estate, franchising, and consulting.

So, at first glance it appears they don't have much in common. But outward appearances – as we all know – can be misleading.

In fact, each of these unique and talented individuals share a few very important traits:

First, they have chosen to actively manage their life, and not rely on others for their success.

Second, they are the kind of people who love learning – they are always on the lookout for information and opportunities to improve themselves.

And, they are aggressive about going after and getting what they want whether that's in business, in love, or financially.

Additionally, they are all (and I apologize to any whom I offend with this) dreamers – they want to have a life that offers them the best of what they choose to go after.

When I use the word 'dreamer' I mean in it in the same sense that John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan were dreamers. They had vision and great expectations.

In a session with a client last week, we were discussing his Personal Action Plan. Like most people who intend certain things for themselves , he is creating a time-lined, actionable plan. As we worked, he stated that he always tries to act like a burning man. His definition of that? When someone is on fire, (s)he is prepared to do whatever it takes to put that fire out. I believe his term really makes an important point:

Great results come when challenging but realistic plans are created with the confidence that we are capable of more.

Individuals who accept the status quo have no need for a plan. For them 'good enough' is usually what they already have. And the idea of having a life which one loves, where they make a lot of money doing what they want to do is just a fairly tale. "In the real world," they say, “no one lives like that."

They're wrong of course. But they will make sure that they prove it – by living the same life of dissatisfaction they always have. How unfortunate.

till next time,

– john




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