In order to actually reach your career goals, you have to plan. There's no way around. You have to.
And do you know what?
It's fun and rewarding as well.
Because it helps you reduce stress, and it helps you stay focused on what's really important.
There are so many distractions in the world. And it's so easy to get distracted.
By following your plan, you will not be trapped by all those shiny objects you meet every single day.
And personally, I think those shiny objects are what prevent many people from reaching their goals.
But it's not just about the planning. Things will happen on the way. Maybe unexpected things (it normally does).
So you need to be open to adjust your plans.
You will lose.
It's so easy, but at the same time so difficult.
Therefore, I have made a list of "warnings" you should look for. "Warnings" that tell you that it's time to adjust:
...And of course there are other reasons as well as to when you need to adjust. It all depends.
The best way to know when to adjust, is listening to your gut and take the time to stop from time to time, so you can take a good birds view on your plans and your goals.
...As last words:
Always remember to have focus on your goal. Think of it like a newborn baby. You wouldn't keep that baby out of sight for too long. You won't do that to your goal either.
If your plan doesn't work: adjust. You can change your plan. So many people change their goal if their plan doesn't work. Don't be that kind of person. Be the kind of person who has a steady focus on the goal — and rather adjust the plan if you need to.