When it comes to a plan, I typically think of four “people” involved. Those people might better be seen as necessary parts to the plan and the plan could refer to all types of things – but anything that starts as with an idea until it is executed or finished. A house renovation plan. A financial goal. A dream vacation. A creative way to expand your ministry – or begin a new ministry. It may be personal, family, or even involve a group. To put it simply, a need and its solution. Who are these four “people”?
The creative genius. The one who envisions the solution and/or creates a plan, sets the goal, etc.
The critiquer. The one who reviews or analyzes the plan – and is good at making suggestions to better the plan and tends to encourage.
The criticizer. The one who sees and/or focuses on the problems with the plan. Even if the problems are legitimate, this person tends to be much more of a discourager than a help.
The completer. The one getting it done. Making it happen.
At different times and with different projects, I can be any one of these. There are situations and goals where I am all four of these. I would say, however, I am most often the creative one. The planner. The list maker and idea generator. I appreciate the helpful critiquer. However, while honest criticism is often needed, I can be (too) easily deflated and derailed by the criticizer. Without a question, I struggle the most being the completer. Simply getting it finished. This is true on many different levels and with all types of plans. Sometimes I over plan and overthink making things overwhelming and much more complicated than they need to be. I can also be my own worst enemy and criticizer. But even when all that is sorted, there are times – more than I care to admit – that I just need to get.it.done.
I realized this as I was considering today’s prompt: remedy. Most often associated with a cure or treating a condition, a remedy is also a solution. “Something that corrects a fault or a problem.” These were my thoughts. More often than not, I know the remedy. I have a solution – or I can devise one – just as easily as I create ideas and plans. I just need to do it!
Just some quick, five-minute thoughts for Five Minute Friday. I’m curious, how do you most often see yourself? The creator of a plan. The critiquer with honest evaluations and helpful solutions. The glass half empty criticizer. Or are you the completer? Let me know in the comments. And have a wonderful – productive – weekend. Get something done:)