Plans, the individual steps you think you’re going to take to accomplish something, are good. But, plans have this nasty tendency to fail pretty regularly. One of the steps just wasn’t feasible, or other people don’t do what they’re supposed to, or options that were once open close, or any number of things get in the way. Life always gets in the way.
Goals are better. Goals, or missions, or destinations, or whatever you want to call them, survive when the plan fails.
If Step 4 of your eight-step plan goes to shit, it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to say your plan was bad, or that you’re not cut out for it, or that the goal itself was impossible. But the plan and the goal aren’t intertwined like that. Maybe your plan was bad. Maybe it was impossible to execute as designed. That doesn’t have anything to do with the ultimate goal. It just means you’ve got to figure out a new plan.
Always be mindful of the goal, not bound up in the plan.