Having examined what intelligence is and methods that can help us to become more intelligent it is now time to turn to using our intelligence to make a realistic plan. Without a realistic plan we are unlikely to achieve what it is we want in life.

There is something very interesting about all of us. We are all powerfully creative beings. Our very thoughts impact upon the manifest world. Don’t believe me?

Psychologist Martin Seligman ran an experiment on the swim team at the University of California at Berkeley. For the experiment he used a group of competitive swimmers. He first determined who had a positive outlook and who had a pessimistic outlook. Then he had swimmers swim heats.

He had a coach “defeat” each swimmer by telling them their heat time. However, the time given to the swimmer was falsified to be significantly slower. The optimists responded by swimming their next heat faster; the pessimists went slower on their next heat. Seligman concluded that pessimists don’t persist in the face of challenges even when success is attainable and so fail more frequently and thus self-fulfill their world view.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”

– Gandhi

The implication is that we are all realists. Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic your outlook will have a major effect upon your reality. The pessimist will see reasons to despair and may give up. Every time anyone gives up the failure rate of their plan is 100 percent. On the other hand the optimist may see reasons for persisting and roadblocks as sources of new possibilities.

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

It requires intelligence to make a realistic plan because intelligence is the ability to adapt and learn from our environment. Events surrounding us are always in constant motion. Everything is changing and intelligence will allow us to adapt to the changes as they occur. Therefore any plan you determine should evolve as you situation evolves.

When I first started blogging I set ambitious goals for the first three months. Then I listed exactly how I was going to achieve those goals. Next I chunked down the how of my goal achievement into daily tasks.

Since that time many novel things have happened and I’ve learned a lot about blogging and social bookmarking. New possibilities have presented themselves and doors that were previously open have closed. My own personal situation has evolved.

If I were still running off my original plan it would hardly be realistic. When new data becomes available and situations change a realistic plan must evolve in response. During this month I’ve increased my target for subscribers to this blog twice.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

– Alan Lakein

Your targets should be moving ones. If you hit short-term targets early on, like I did in the first week of this month, then adjust accordingly. There was obviously factors or possibilities that you were unaware of. Now that you are integrate them into your now more realistic plan.

That concludes the second part of the Sidney A. Friedman quote that I am using as a framework for achieving whatever it is we want in life. Coming next we will examine the third and final part. That you can achieve anything you want in life if you have the will to see your plan through to the end.

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