Plans change. Change takes planning.

If you have a plan, you can change it. Without a plan, you won’t change anything.

True, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” but the antidote is not spontaneity. It’s the ability to change the plan.

If we want to make real change, we have to develop both our ability to plan, and our ability adapt. When plans go awry, we need spontaneity to get us out of the rut, but to plot a new course we need intention. And we need to be ready to adjust our course at every moment.

As Alan Lakein said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Failure and change are both inevitable, but success is not. Why not plan for all three?