How to Have a Clearly Defined Objective in Life and How to Deal With It.

It is a common saying that "He who fails to plan has planned to fail". To this I will add, "He who fails to prepare has prepared to tail. In reality, there is no substitute for planning. The world we see today is a product of careful planning. An architect designs a house before it is built.




Planning is one of the greatest acts of faith. We are not commanded to live by hope but by faith, i.e. you believe something and you start planning to get it. You do not plow a field by simply turning it over in your mind; that will be a mirage.

After turning it over in your mind you have to put your hand to the plow. Planning without necessary action is useless. The first action step to take therefore is planning, for he who has no plan has no faith. Planning turns you from a mere dreamer into an achiever. Our dreams may be real but our plans give them breath (life). Planning is not for heaven, it is only here on earth.

Preparation is also the cognitive process of thinking about what you do in the event of something happening.

It is clear from the above that planning is not for lazy people and he who does not plan cannot win, for planning is the winning game of life.

Keywords to look out for here are thinking process, synonymous with the mental process, and Knowledge.

God gave you a head to think so you will not bother Him about everything. lt is the use of your mind that makes people mind you. So put your mind to work in preparation by engaging your mind in productive thinking to draw out the best in you.

God desires to impregnate you with dreams that are even more than you can humanly dream of. Planning empowers you, so give yourself to it.

Planning involves the following steps:

Sit down and take time to think about the way forward for your situation. Stop, think, meditate, and get ideas. Before you run-off looking for help elsewhere, think first.

Estimate: 


Use your imagination, assess things, and do analysis. Try to value and rate the thing with your mind. Get to have a rough idea and know the cost implication.

Count the cost:


Everything you plan to do will cost you something. Check what it will consume as of your time, talent, labor, and resources. Failure to count the cost will bring undeniable and colossal loss.

Calculate Before You Start:


This is your ability to ascertain or determine the outcome of a thing by a mathematical process. It is to adapt by forethought to plan, to think, and to expect.

Finish It:


Every unfinished project is considered an abandoned work, hence a waste of resources. If you start on paper and finish on paper before you start in reality, there is a possibility of really finishing what you started. God is a finisher, so He expects His children also to be finishers. This is made possible when you apply yourself to it.

When you have made the plans, leave the resources for execution to God.

Thinking is one thing that makes Man different from other forms of animals. Funny as it may be, many do not put their minds to work productively. But thinking is one of the things that enhance planning.

The kind of thinking that enhances planning therefore should
be:

Calculated Thinking:


This deals with a highly intricate and precise process that produces a result that is not readily proven by physical confirmation. It still boils down to the reality that the spiritual controls the physical and that lasting solutions to human problems can never be solved through physical and material means because man's real problem is spiritual.

Calculated thinking is to plan by careful thought, a deliberate decision, and determination to take time and think productively over a given situation and the best possible cause of action to take. Whatever you do not think over you will not take.

Analytical Thinking: 


This has to do with being detailed enough in your thinking by dissecting the issue and breaking it down into little bits to understand its true nature of the inner relationship and/ or interrelationship with other issues of your life, thereby helping you know what to take care of step by step.

Analytical thinking happens when you give attention to critiquing your situation properly. The various issues and possible hitches that may arise in the cause of your preferred action and your readiness to take responsibility for them, without resorting to blaming others if the results are not what is expected.

Creative Thinking: 


Creative thinking helps a person break out of the box and think in ways that produce a breakthrough. Creativity has a way of increasing one's capabilities, capacity, and earnings. Those who do not want to remain in the status quo engage in creative thinking.

It is interesting to know that no matter what you are currently able to do, creativity makes capable of more. Your willingness to stretch your mind beyond the normal will move you into a creative way of thinking. Engage your mind, as we all have the ability to think creatively through the power of the Creator in us.

Explorative Thinking: 


This focuses on examining issues closely, approaching an issue to make a discovery. If you do not discover you will not recover. So, approach your issues to first discover what the root cause is before you get into knowing how to tackle it.

Explorative thinking broadens your mind and refuses to be limited by the few traditional options available per time. An explorative thinker keeps his mind open to new ideas and is willing to try what others are unwilling to try before.

When Christopher Columi with his band set out, they did not go in search of America, but their exploration busted in the newfound land and here we have America today.

Explorative thinkers stay a little longer with issues they wish to solve than others, so do not be quick to quit in your search for the solution to the problems of life

Exhaustive Thinking: 


Nothing should be left untouched and unturned in exhaustive thinking. Look at the various options available to you in a given situation and evaluate the channels of solving the problem then countdown to ten by checking out what applies to the issue at hand.

When you are done counting down to ten, you may be surprised to see the answer jump out at you before you touch on the last point on your list.

Focused Thinking:


This has to do with concentration. Paying attention closely to a particular matter or problem with the view of getting an answer. It means directing your attention and effort at something specific. No one ever achieves success by becoming a generalist. They always give attention and direct their effort specifically to a cause until they break out.

Focused thinking is all about one's ability to follow through is a key factor in focused thinking. Focused thinkers use the 80/20 rule. Give 80 percent of your effort to the top 20 percent (most important) activities. This means: give your attention to the areas that bear fruit. Focused thinking enhances productivity in a person's life.

For focused thinking to happen one should be dedicated to removing distractions and mental clutter to enhance thinking with clarity. If you have your thoughts split over issues you are supposed to concentrate on them, be sure of getting no positive result.


Strategic Thinking:


This is scheming and deliberately mapping out ways to tackle a problem. This is the process that defines how people think about, assess, view, and create the future for themselves and others.

It is an elaborate and systematic plan of action. I believe one of the distinguishing features in man that sets him apart from all other creatures is his ability to think. Strategic thinking is an eliminator of failure.

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