Plans resolutions are not just for New Years

Sep 15, 2014 by Rob Gannon

Hey, what’s up? What are you up to? What’s new and exciting? If your answer to someone posing these kinds of questions has been “not much”, “nothing”, or “you know, just working”, maybe it’s time to get something going.

Make a plan, maybe a big plan, get the juices flowing a little. If you feel like you have been in the humdrum for way too long, stick with me here and let’s see if I can help with lighting a little spark.

So we’re at the tail end of another summer. Not much happening? Good. That means it’s a great time to plan out the next few months. Goals, plans and resolutions don’t have to be saved for the New Year. How about finishing out the old year with a kick?

Another yachting season south is coming up. It’s time to make a game plan, line things up. If you’re not presently working on a yacht but would like to be, time to kick it into gear. Get clear, turn up the focus and create something exciting for yourself.

If you’re already on a yacht with an itinerary set, what can you do to stimulate your mind around your routine and schedule? Have you challenged yourself lately? If you’re a stew or deckhand and feel it’s time to move up, let’s go. Take the steps that lead you in that direction. If you think you’re ready to become a captain, come on, now is the time. Begin the process today.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Take that step and keep walking forward, never looking back. One of my favorite quotes is from the German scholar and philosopher Goethe: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Isn’t that awesome?

I truly believe we can generate from a powerful thought or dream that genius, power and magic. Just begin my friends.

I also believe, without a doubt, that we are at our best when we’re living with a purpose driving our lives. You know, when you’re up to something, and you are in the middle of creating actions toward a project. One of my teachers, author and speaker Steve Chandler, puts it this way:

“Being up to something in life gives us energy. When you are up to something, energy flows into you. But when you are focused on who you think you are (your personality), energy flows away from you.

“Personality can only be wounded and disrespected in its everlasting fight to win appreciation from others. That’s what living from personality does. But living from purpose makes what other people say become unimportant. Unless that is, you can use it to fulfill your purpose.”

Another key to making things happen is practicing what’s called self-reliance. A great teacher of self-reliance is Wayne Dyer. He states repeatedly in his writings that “when you have a burning desire, you must be independent of the good opinions of others.”

If you’ve set your thoughts and your sights on a goal, don’t let anyone’s opinions derail you or, worse, stop you from starting. If that is going on with you, drop it like a bad habit because that’s what it is. I also love this quote from Dr. Dyer: “There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

Maybe this is happening right now in your life. Maybe you’re feeling a dream, a plan, and you can tell the time is right. If you’re feeling that and feeling it strongly, it’s time to act. It’s time to act with conviction and confidence and let nothing block your path. It may be only small steps right now, and that’s OK if that’s where you are. Just start stepping.

If these feelings of purpose and being up to something are familiar — in other words, you’ve been there before — you know how good it can feel. You remember how it felt to be in the zone and riding the tide.

If it’s been too long since you’ve been there, it’s time to get creative. What is it you would like to create? Don’t let this beautiful ability get buried under a bunch of junk and nonsense. Forget New Year’s resolutions; September sounds perfect for making a plan. Just writing this has got me going. Come on, you with me?


Rob Gannon is a 25-year licensed captain and certified life and wellness coach. He offers free sample coaching sessions and can be reached at Comments are welcome at


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