You know how they say "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail"? Well it's true. But also, I feel like if you have a plan and your plan fails, it might be smart to have another plan.
Case in point:
my (teenage) life.
When I was in high school I had this pipe dream of being an NFL quarterback. It was a great dream, too, except for a few roadblocks: I wasn't very athletic, I was not a great leader, and tbh I couldn't throw a football very well at all. So yeah...totally realistic.
It took me years (and countless games sitting on the sideline) to finally accept that I would never make it to the NFL. These days, I like to think that I'm a little wiser and quicker to realize when plans are working, and when they just aren't.
I think it's important to tangibilize (yes that's a real word that I just made up right now) our dreams and create a version of them that floats in the waters of the real world, as opposed to just living in our heads. This is especially true for us creative, dreamer types, who tend to spend a lot of time lost in our cerebral regions, fantasizing about what we could do instead of actually doing it.
For me this has meant breaking down my music career into the most minute details, the day-to-day piddly widdly stuff. Instead of saying "Ok, so the plan is to become insta-famous...." I would look at how exactly I get insta-famous. Everything from the amount of quality content I need to the hashtags I'd use to the constant connections with my group of followers (Also what even is insta-famous? And why do I want people to see me in spiffy pictures and captions when I don't really want to see them in real life? #basic).
But I digress.
Whether it's trying to get a bachelors degree while working full time or starting a youtube channel, knowing yourself and the intricacies of your planned goals is critical to the fruition of those intentions. And if, like me, you sometimes find yourself running into wall after wall of failed attempts and frustration, maybe it's a sign that it's time to switch gears, shake things up, have a change of plans.