The Herald Bulletin

September 18, 2013

Jesse Wilkerson: We fail because we haven't planned

By Jesse Wilkerson
For The Herald Bulletin

— What is failure? Is it actually the lack of succeeding at a goal or desired outcome? Or is it the point when we give up internally? The reality is it is likely both.

I doubt that there is only reason why we fail. I tend to think there is obviously a breaking point or something that causes things to tip. Who knows how balanced true success is. For most people the right storm of circumstances might just turn one person’s success from success to failure.

Some people fail because of lack of character. Some people fail because of lack of information and misunderstanding of process and procedures. While, I don’t understand this, there are also those who fail because they will to do so.

Maverick politician and a voice of common hope Winston Churchill once said that, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” We avoid failing by making the proper plans. We don’t always skirt past certain failures, they may be inevitable; however planning builds a structure by which we can support and adjust to failure.

Good planning gives credence to order and organization. The preparation that planning involves walks us through things mentally and even on paper. It balances our thoughts and gives us the opportunity to adjust well in advance of encountering the unexpected.

A good plan starts with identifying your personal goals and objectives. It outlines each step that is known in order to achieve success. It evaluates the cost in time, resources, and ability to perform. A good plan utilizes a concrete schedule with a definite starting point and ending point. The challenge that arises when we fail is to step back and begin the planning process over again. To re-evaluate what the current status is and realistically chart the path to our desired goal.

Here are some tools that I have researched and found helpful in achieving my personal goals.

What comes first as you create an objective oriented plan. The line of action should always be visible and attainable. Write down your action plan. If you get ahead of yourself go back to your chart or list and start where you got out of line.

It is always good to find others that can hear your goals. They might have even witnessed you fail at times, but they have your best interest at heart. Take time to share what you feel. If you feel comfortable enough share your fear or what you perceive as a point by which you might consider your effort a failure. Ask them to evaluate your process. It will only make it stronger.

Build a realistic timeline and routine for action — “Every day or every week I am going to do ....”

We fail partly because we haven’t properly planned.

Jesse J. Wilkerson is the owner of a local architecture and design firm. His column appears every other Monday.