Just as sure as I am that peanut butter and chocolate combined is the best discovery ever made, I am sure that there are two very different types of people in the world, the planner and the executor. I just want to apologize in advance because it seems that I have made people believe that I am a great executor when I am really a die-hard planner. It’s sad to say but I have owned up to the fact that many of my plans don’t go beyond a conversation, or pen and paper. Many people, if they are like me are also planners, when in reality we should strive to be executors.
The planner, if you do not already know, is someone who plans. The planner can plan for anything and everything. They love to research, get involved in the process, putting it all together to come full circle. They have their back up plans, and back up plans for the backup plans. They have a beginning, middle, and an end all clearly defined and looking quite amazing on paper. However for many planners, that is where the plan stays, on paper. Now I’m not talking about if you make a to-do list, grocery list, and not even a task list. I’m talking about you have a passion brewing in you, a vision, an idea that could make an impact and you know how you want to express it, but it never comes to fruition. That is who the planner is. The planner is the person whose ideas and dreams and visions don’t go beyond pen and paper and words. If we are being even more honest, that is just fear or delay beautified.
The executor lives life differently. The executor lives with an urgency that says “the world is going to know what I have to say”, “the world is going to see my gifts and talents ““I will get this done”. The executor doesn’t take too much time to plan because he/she knows the vision enough to just get started. They have just enough plans to get the ball rolling and do not take time to reconsider. They are not seeking perfection but rather they are first seeking implementation so that they never have to say they did not give it a shot. They take one step in front of the other; fast or slow they are still moving. The executor puts seeks action in everything and reflects later.
I need to become an executor. We all have to become executors. Now more than ever it’s not enough to just say it, it’s time to leave it all on the ground and get moving with the vision. I for one know that there has been so much I have planned for that has never actually seen the light of day because “I wasn’t finished planning” or “it wasn’t ready yet”.
We cannot wait to get ready! We just have to BE READY!
But it is so so hard, we tread carefully in life so that we don’t fall or live with regret. However don’t we already live in regret when we don’t try?
There is nothing wrong with planning. I honestly love to plan, but I don’t love to look back on my plans and see them as only plans, I want to see them in action the way I envisioned, and so I need accountability.
Side note: Isn’t it just great when you can be honest with yourself?
I am recently planning something else (shocker) but this time I have accountability. I think there is a point in your life where the Nike motto “Just do it” actually sells to you. I am determined to execute this plan! I know it won’t be easy, I know I will get scared and try to back out, but that is when accountability will mean so much more for me. I want to be able to look back and say, “I did it”. I was able to put my plan into fruition. I am no longer just a planner, I am now an executor. I want the same mind-set to be for you! Are you a planner or an executor? Are you ready to execute that plan?