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Have you ever said “I will accomplish this even if it kills me”, (or something like it) and then go all-in on hustle mode to only feel burnout and frustrated a few weeks, months, or years in? Or even worse, give your all and follow a plan to a T and not hit one goal.

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That’s why episode 66 of 𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝑩𝒐𝒔𝒔: 𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑼𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒑𝒑𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆  Podcast I’m addressing What to do when your plans fail!

In this episode of Life Boss Podcast, I am sharing the one purpose of planning, what to do when plans are not working in your favor, and I give you actionable steps you can take right now to redefine your goals with confidence and purpose. 

Some of the talking points I go over in this episode include:

  • Biggest challenge when following through with your plans (particularly business plans)
  • Common money mistakes in planning and what to do about them
  • Change Your Mindset from Rigid to Flexible
  • Simple steps to reassess and adjust your plans so that you get to your goals

Remember to get the resources mentioned in this episode:


(1) Tell me what do you think about adding one book discussions a month and any other suggestions inside the Facebook Group The Productive Boss Life

(2) EP63 “How to Set Goals in Times of Crisis” 

– > listen on Apple Podcast here

– > other platforms or

– > read the notes here

(3) One-to-one 90-minute Planning Session with Karem 

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SHOW NOTES: What do do when the plans fail

Have you ever said “I will accomplish this even if it kills me”, (or something like it)

In my 20’s this almost happen to me. I was so obsessed with my career goals that I ended up with an ulcer on my stomach, 😱 and that was not the worst.

My stubborn persistence kept me not only from seeing the fastest route to accomplishing what I wanted but also kept me from pursuing better opportunities and cultivating way better relationships.

One of the biggest challenges on the road to success is to stay focus on our goals and the big picture while staying flexible on the steps to get there. We need to adapt as things out of our control change.

Even when we have a very specific and strategic plan to achieve our goals, it’s equally important to stay open and flexible.

Thinking back to pivotal moments in my life – those moments where I had to do things that I thought were not possible and were quite “not in the plans”-, I recognize a pattern on all of them. That’s when the biggest growth on any aspect of my life happened.

Life is absolutely unpredictable. Therefore, it’s not in our favor to obsess over plans so myopically that you don’t seize better opportunities in the process.

[ And I know that you are thinking “But Karem, you are all about plans?!”  And you are right.]

But here’s how I see the plans. The plans are means to stay focused on your goals

What to do when plans fail

The key here is attaining the goal. The goals are the destination. 

Imagine that goal is to get to Venice Beach, CA from New York City. And the plan is a straight line on the map from NYC to Venice Beach. Then we obsessively focus on getting there on a straight line drive for 42 hours straight…

Do you see where I’m going with this? Besides ridiculous, it’s unrealistic. We will have to take turns and stops; adjust to the weather, accidents on the road, maybe the GPS gets broken. And what about rest and food?

You don’t want to get to your final destination, and not be able to enjoy it, right?

[ You might be thinking “But why would I even bother with planning?!” ]

I hear you! 

And planning is still very important. You may have heard/read these famous quotes:

“No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main strength.” – Moltke Elder, a German Field Marshall in the late 1800’s, who believed in developing a series of options for battle instead of a single plan, saying  

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”

– Winston Churchill 

“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” Dwight D. Eisenhower – who further said, “…the very definition of ‘emergency’ is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.”

All of the above are famous because for most humans, life is a battleground.

I believe that planning is not half the battle, it is the battle because when you have a plan you have defined your goals, have considered different courses of action, and are prepared!

When you are prepared, you are confident!

And with confidence, you are ready to make adjustments and calculated risks to get where you want to go. 

Yes! Make the plans, but stay flexible, b/c stress and frustrations happen when people are rigid and fix on their beliefs about how things “should be”.

It’s ok to change your mind! It doesn’t make you a quitter…

If by now, you are starting to say to yourself 

“But how do I devise the right plan?

“How do I lay out the right milestones to get from where I am to where I want to be?”

“How do I map out the route to my dream destination so that I can devise the right tools to get there?”

Then, I want to invite you to listen to Life Bosss Podcast EP #63, “How to Set Goals in Times of Crisis” (or read the notes here too.) And don’t forget to print and fill out the accompanying worksheet to 10X your goals inside the Facebook Group The Productive Boss Live. 

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