Could Over Planning Be Blocking Your Biggest Success?

​How much do you live by a plan? Or how often does not having a plan hold you back from the success you want?We all like to have some idea of what is ahead of us and planning to a certain degree is necessary to make sure what needs to happen, happens, but what about when a plan goes wrong?

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I’ve always been a big planner. I needed a plan to get me through life, it offered me a sense of security and I guess it made me feel like I was in control.

I’ve come to learn the true benefits of planning, how and when it serves us and when it’s time to just let go and ride the wave. From my own experiences and from the 100’s of hours I‘ve coached and heard from others I know when planning can be GOOD, BAD or just downright UGLY.

I believe there is an art to us using planning to our advantage, so if you love to plan, hate to plan, need a plan or plan too much, check out the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY of planning and discover how to use it to get more of what you want from life.

The Good

When planning serves you well
1. To get you off the starting block when you need to create change
2. When you need to make sure an event or situation runs smoothly
3. Short term planning that gives you an idea of how something will pan out


When planning limits you
1. You feel you need a plan so much that it can stop you from moving forward
2. You stick so closely to the plan it prevents you from seeing greater opportunity
3. When things don’t go to plan it breaks you and leads you to believe you’ve failed


What to do when planning goes wrong
1. Let go and relinquish all control of the plan
2. Feel and sense the direction life wants to take you
3. Look for the opportunity to grow from the situation so that it becomes a positive

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Lydia Kimmerling

Life Coach, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, The Happiness Explorer

Hey, I'm Lydia Kimmerling I am MAD, CRAZY, PASSIONATE about helping you to create a life you're super excited to wake up to. Being happy...ish, inspired...ish and fulfilled...ish is never quite enough, is it? When you feel like there is "more" out there for you, it's because there is. A life where you can't remember the last time you worried, stressed or doubted yourself and your friends ask you "What's your secret?" because you GLOW, SPARKLE and SHINE. That can be you and I will show you how. I got my first television job at 17, ran my own restaurant in Panama at 22, taught Hip Hop in Cornwall at 26, was cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic at 28, coached CEO's on confidence at 29, then at 30 took the leap as a certified life & business coach with The International Coaching Federation to launch my very own transformational company called The Happiness Explorer. I am a master of change, so I can tell you that there is NEVER really anything to fear, but has it always been easy? NO! I have blocks, down days and self-doubt too, life doesn't stop throwing you curve balls, it's how you catch the ball and throw it back that changes. Plus, you never know until you try, right? At 32, I now know what the key is to waking up every single day excited about the life you live. It is to know yourself inside and out and to love every part of who you are.The more you know yourself, the more of you there is to love and the more you love yourself, the more you want to give yourself a life you love. The question is…What do you really want?