During a warm spell in February 2014, I took a break from work and went out to transplant a rose bush that was about to die in its old location. I had selected the location carefully: enough sun but not too hot and dry, good soil, all the right things. I had thought through the plan and the location. It was a good plan and it should have worked. But it didn’t.
My well-planned work failed.
I felt no guilt that my plan didn’t work. I felt a little tired from the care I’d taken, but it didn’t bother me one bit that the plan didn’t work.
But it was still a good plan.
Just because the plan didn’t work doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good plan.
The test of a plan’s goodness is not whether it works. It’s whether you thought it all the way through, seeing the the hard parts, the possible problems, the consequences, and the barriers and pre-planning answers to them all.
What do you think when a plan fails? Do you still believe it was a good plan