No One Else Is Going To Fight For You.

You have to have a plan for you. You have to know where you want to go and how you want to get there. You have to pay attention to what matters most to you. You have to obsess about what really matters.

You'll never be happy or feel a sense of accomplishment as long as you let yourself be a pawn in what everyone else has planned.

Doing what other people think you should be doing while abandoning what's best for you.

Planning isn't glamorous. It's not something you do naturally. But it's important.

It has to be a part of your routine. Yearly. Monthly. Weekly. Hour-by-hour sometimes. Thinking, planning, strategizing about what you're doing and how it impacts your ability to get to where you want to be.

Instead of shrugging off the hard decisions -- instead of asking what everyone else would do --  you have to take the time to fight for you.

Planning requires discipline. Focus. An unwavering dedication to doing it "your way."

Make no mistake, this is hard to do.

At every turn your instinct is to make the obvious decision.

To do what feels natural. What everyone else would do. What you're told you should do. That's what comes naturally.

And some of the time that's the right decision to make. But only because it fits in with where you want to be.

Not because it is what comes naturally.

Be deliberate. If you're stressed out or too busy to think about things, hold off on making a decision.

Wait until your head clears.

Be careful about making snap judgments on what seems like good decisions.

Fight for you. No one else will.