Many authors and leaders emphasize the value of focus and planning to achieve success and personal growth.

Motivational speaker, philosopher and entrepreneur Jim Rohn says in his article Personal Development – The Plan:

“When you look at successful people, you will almost always discover a plan behind their success. They know what they want, they work out a plan that will get them where they want to go, and they work their plan.

“It is the foundation for success. We as humans have the unique ability to affect change in our lives; it is through our own conscious choice when we engage in the miracle process of personal development that we are able to transform our nature and our lives.”

The floorplan image is a reference to the book The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters, by architect and designer Sarah Susanka – who effectively uses the metaphor of house remodeling for life change.

She writes:

“When you remodel a house, you don’t need to change a lot of things in order to shift the character of the house, but you do need to evaluate what isn’t working and determine what you would like to have room for but don’t.

“And finally, to live the changes, you must build. This last step may seem obvious, but it’s actually the easiest to miss. No amount of planning will bring about change. It’s the actual implementation that allows things to shift.

“In remodeling your life it’s the same. You can read all manner of books and dream all manner of dreams, but only when you decide that you’re really going to do something differently, and follow through with the implementation of those plans, will things begin to change.”


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