Relationship plans are worthless, but planning is everything

I recently came across a quote by Dwight Eisenhower that says, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” It’s funny how I spent ten years in the army, even more than that outside of the service, and I finally hear it now. Sound advice from an impressive general and a president, but I’d like to add a relationship twist to it: “Relationship plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”

I think we, as man, are good at planning for the future, especially when it comes to the basics of being a provider, but are we as good when it comes to relationships?

We all fall short, but I believe we all have that one unique talent that comes naturally to us, and if we do it enough, we’ll create impact. For example, I believe that I am a pretty good connector. I always try to connect people or at least introduce a resource they’ll find helpful. Do I have a 100% batting average? Not even close. But does it feel amazing when I hit a home run? Oh yes!

So yes, my plan to connect people feels frequently worthless, but planning is everything. Each time I think about how to connect the particular person, I build a stronger relationship regardless of the outcome. 

What is your plan to build stronger relationships? What helps you to sharpen your practice?


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