Why Does Nothing Go As Planned?
By Art Ramsay, Ph.D.

 Back in the 60’s I heard a song by the rock group Styx entitled “Nothing Ever Goes As Planned?” I began to call it “my song”, because it seemed that is the way my life went each day. Back then I wasn’t aware that everything that happens in my life is telling me something. I thought it was just me and my karma. My mother often said it was the “Ramsay curse” since my father also had similar experiences.

 I have never paid much attention to the process of these happenings over the years because I thought it was just part of life. Even as recently as a year ago I still looked at outcomes not working was just “me”. Since then I have finally recognized my life’s results are related to how aware I am of my thoughts and actions; plus, as I already knew, also connected to my unconscious beliefs.

 If you have read my articles, you know that I have touched on our unconscious beliefs and awareness as major contributors to our outcomes, and I have mentioned some specific ways this happens. In this article, I want to give you some examples of what I mean by this article’s title.

 Based on my own experiences I have found that when I plan something, the results vary from quick to lengthy, and are competed as planned or not. There also are the “unplanned” outcomes that come more often than wanted. I chose “planned” examples to fit with the title.

 The activity could be a lengthy one or as simple as opening a can in a can opener. For example, if my plan is to open a can on the electric opener, but at the end of its cycle the can has not opened then my plan failed. If my plan is to build a greenhouse, mine was a biodome, we get into a more complex and lengthy activity.

 Something I have said many times when an activity didn’t work out is that we live in an imperfect world; therefore everything I do must be done perfectly (to get planned results). Of course, this was said sarcastically, but there is some truth in the remark. I understand that the physical human world is imperfect, although nature is, and allow for this imperfection.

 We all experience the frustration of thinking that our planned activity will take five minutes to complete, and it takes an hour. This is what my mother called the “Ramsay curse”. What causes this kind of outcome? It could be that we didn’t have the tools necessary to do the job quickly, or we do not have the expertise.

 Below are a number of reasons why the result of something started was not as planned, in no order of importance:

  1. need certain tools you don’t have
  2. lack the knowledge to follow through
  3. try to hurry to finish the job
  4. get frustrated and lose focus
  5. make mistakes during the process
  6. overlook something that is needed before starting
  7. get interrupted and lose focus
  8. on long jobs, don’t get back to it on a planned schedule
  9. start out thinking you know exactly what to do, and then finding you don’t
  10. overlooking steps in your planning stage

 The above may not be a complete list, but it will do for this article. Below are suggestions to avoid the possibilities stated above:

  1. determine what tools are needed and get them
  2. study the project and get familiar with the steps needed by reading articles or instructions that came with the item (if they exist)
  3. “haste makes waste” is a very true saying; just slow down and practice mindfulness
  4. if you get frustrated, stop, close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and leave the project for a few minutes
  5. “mistakes” are common, but can be avoided by using “steps” to do the job, opening your awareness, and being mindful
  6. when planning, be very detailed with the steps needed
  7. when interrupted, either ignore the interruption or take care of it if it is important and come back when you are ready, taking notes as to where you stopped in the plan
  8. longer jobs need more detailed planning. You will do better by assigning a time slot each day or week, and staying with it
  9. by thoroughly planning the project and reviewing the plan mindfully, you will usually find there are areas that you are not familial with as you thought
  10. go over your plans step by step in with an open mind to see if there is something you had not thought of

 The above are only a list of what came to mind while writing this article. There may be many more that I have not touched on. But the above should give you an idea about what “planning” is about on anything you start out to, no matter how “simple” it looks in the beginning. Take it from one who has lived a frustrated “noting every works as planned” life.

 The “earthly” human life is one of learning in countess ways. While we learn through our mistakes, this writer would rather learn by everything possible to not make the mistakes ahead of time. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to move into a state of awareness that helps with the projects, but also to raise your vibrations to overcome frustration with whatever comes along in you life.


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