When Planning Is a Problem

I may be addicted to planning.

There, I’ve said it.

There’s not much I love more than a blank sheet of paper, a no-bleed Sharpie pen, and time to sit and plan.

I love brainstorming, making a strategic plan for a client, plotting out a garden, planning a party or just my weekend!

I could sit for hours and not run out of ideas.

And that is the problem. I sit.

I have learned over the years that excessive planning is not a good thing. Over planning paralyzes us, zaps our creativity, and lulls us into thinking we have actually accomplished something! And, it can be a symptom of something deeper going on. (Which we’ll talk about later in the week…)

There is a time to plan…and a time to act. Knowing the difference can be tricky, but I’d rather take action and need to adjust course, than to sit, plan, and accomplish nothing.

Psalms 37:23 says:  “The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].” 

When we step out…God directs us.

Notice, it’s not when we sit—it’s when we are walking, taking steps into those big shoes we’re always talking about!

What areas of your life are you guilty of over planning? What can you do today to start moving forward?


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