Last Thanksgiving I went to my Mom’s house and ate dinner. As mothers often do, she made sure that I eat enough to be more than full. After that, out of consideration for other family members, I travelled to my sister’s home and started Thanksgiving #2. Finally, I went to my friend’s house and ended the day eating and drinking even more while enjoying everyone’s company.
It was a great day, but by the next morning I was feeling sick from all that eating and drinking. I swore to never do that again, but at the same time, I vaguely remembered saying something similar the previous year.
The difference between this year and the last few years is that I have a plan of execution.
My plan of execution is relevant to many things, including how I approach Thanksgiving dinner. It’s also relevant to “life” topics in general. When it comes to life, if you don’t have a plan, you’re bound to make mistakes that you regret. Part of having an effective plan is to make sure that things are in balance; that we don’t overdo it. When things are off balance, problems generally follow.
Let me take you step-by-step through developing a plan that leads to success:
• First, make sure that you know what steps you are going to take during your journey
• Write down what you are going to do
• Assign time increments to each step
• Balance time appropriately in all affairs so that we don’t overdo it in any sense
How does this translate to my Thanksgiving Day?
I still plan to visit my mom, my sister and my friends. This year I’m using a “scheduler” on my phone that alerts me when it’s time to go so I avoid staying too long and overeating. When visiting each of my loved ones, I plan to stay within my dietary limits and eat small portions. Thinking strategically about balance, I know my mom makes great chicken and macaroni and cheese, while my sister is an expert in desserts. Knowing this allows me to choose what and how much I eat at each location. My plan of execution allows me to share in everyone’s company, enjoy delicious foods and show my appreciation without over-indulging.
I hope these words will help you to enjoy your holiday. Remember to always make a plan and ensure that you have balance. Happy Thanksgiving!
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.
One thought on “Plan and Balance: The Key to a Great Thanksgiving”
Unfortunately I blew my own plan Cornelius. But I love yours. Nicely played…
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