I was enjoying a good sauna the other day when I met an interesting fellow. Seldom do you encounter someone so briefly yet feel the impact of that meeting so profoundly even weeks later.
The deep furrows carved into his brow stood in contrast to the sharply cut lines of his musculature. His body was as strong and flexible as his mind. It was his birthday; his 72 years belied the infectious youthful energy he projected. There was a brightness in his eyes. He reminded me of a fellow wearing a purple suit I had met on the bus a few years back.
He stretched and smiled and made small talk until the rest of the bathers left.
More than anything he said, his presence spoke of a patient persistence. And when he finally spoke again, his words distilled a simple truth.
I asked him what advice he might offer to someone 30 years his junior. He said, quite simply, “Have a plan.”
As this was sinking in, he went further: “Even a bad plan is better than no plan at all. You have to have something that gets you out of bed every morning.”
There was an inertia to his message that has set me in motion.
It’s time you ask yourself: What’s your plan?