A plan is good to have. A plan for life or the gym or the holiday.
But a plan without action becomes nothing more than a plan. If you plan to go to the gym for some reason (feel good, lose weight, get better fitness) and do not go to the gym nothing happens. You can’t think, better fitness, but you have to train (what I know). Or going abroad without actually going abroad, on vacation, can not be imagined either.
Without a plan, usually nothing happens either. So plan and action belong together. Just doing the action is usually not good either. You just wander around without any real goal.
A good plan (in my opinion) is when what you are going to accomplish is booked into your weekly plan. Then you have a fixed time where you only focus on what you want to achieve. Really a little every day. 10-30 minutes every day is best and it doesn’t matter what it is you are going to accomplish.
There is like a law: What you think about you get more of. So if you think and plan a little every day, it will be more of what you plan to do. Doing it long enough every day will almost always be accomplished. Sufficiently long, usually, every day for at least 30-90 days. This is about what it takes to create a new habit (habit) that becomes automated.
When the habit becomes automated, it usually takes another 3-6 months before you see clear results. Maybe not plan your vacation but go to the gym or write a book or open your own company. I usually say to those I coach that it takes at least 3 months before you can see the bigger picture of what you intend to do and what effects it new for when you change your thinking.
I think most people can think of what it’s like to have children, but it’s actually when you have children that you know what happens. There are so many factors that come in that cannot be imagined.