General George S. Patton, Jr.
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A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.
~~ General George S. Patton, Jr.
General George S. Patton, the great World War II General, knew how important planning was. The leader of thousands of men fighting important battles during the war had to plan and plan well. However, General Patton knew that sometimes you can’t plan for everything. Some times, developing a perfect plan takes more time than you have available. Some times it’s more important to have a good plan that you execute now.
I’ve heard and seen this quote put other ways. Several of my coworkers have signs posted on their walls,
Done is Better Than Perfect
It is more important to take the step! To do what needs to be done. It’s better to complete your goals than to have a perfect plan.
Another quote that I heard along this same line is that
“90% of Research is Procrastination.”
You have to plan, you have do the research and analysis to find the basic understanding of what the path is and the steps required for that path. But, you must not overdo the planning and research before you act.
I have seen and talked to way too many people that have used planning and research to delay their acting on their goals. I have been guilty of this myself. When you have the plan, when you have The What, The Why and the How, then you need to ACT!
Go Out Today and Act Now! Define the What, Understand Your Why, Create The How and then Do!
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