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Follow Your Plan, Not Your Mood

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Do you ever wake up feeling like you’d rather binge-watch Netflix all day instead of working towards your goals? Do you sometimes feel like you have no motivation to stick to your diet, exercise routine, or work tasks? I think we’ve all been there, and that’s where the quote “follow your plan and not your mood” comes in.


Before you roll your eyes and dismiss it as just another cheesy inspirational quote, hear me out. The essence of this quote is about sticking to your commitments and making progress, even when you don’t feel like it.


Think of it as having a fling with your mood…it may be fun at the moment, but it won’t end well. If you want to have a long-term, committed relationship with your goals, stick to your plan.


In a personal context, this quote is all about discipline. We all know that feeling when the alarm goes off and you’d rather sleep in, hit the snooze button, and call it a day. But unless you’re a sleep doctor, that mood won’t lead you anywhere. Committing to your workout routine, healthy eating goals, or learning new skills despite how you feel, will help you make progress.


In a professional context, this quote may just help you save your job! It’s easy to lose motivation, slack off, and miss deadlines, especially on days when you just don’t feel like putting in any effort. You might be exhausted and burnt out, but the truth is that following through with your commitments will make you more reliable, productive, and successful in the long run.


Personally, I have found that sticking to my plan over my mood has helped me grow my blog, no matter how uninspired I felt. Ok, let’s be real, writer’s block sucks, but if I stuck to it and wrote a little bit every day, I slowly overcame it. Progress, no matter how small, kept me motivated, and I gradually achieved my goals.


Before you start thinking that following your plan doesn’t allow for any spontaneity, that’s not what it’s about. You can still have fun and be flexible, as long as you don’t lose sight of your goals. In fact, following your plan can actually give you more freedom and peace of mind, knowing that you’re making progress toward what you want.


Our mood can be as whimsical as fashion trends; it comes and goes. Our plans, on the other hand, are our foundation. They provide us with structure and guide us toward our goals, even when we’d rather binge-watch Friends. Don’t let a passing feeling determine your future. Stick to your plan, and let it lead you to success.


So, next time you’re feeling unmotivated, think back to this quote and remind yourself that progress comes from commitment, not mood. You’ll thank yourself later.

About the Author

Casey Kolp

Cheers! I’m Casey! Get ready for a blog full of wanderlust, culinary adventures, and unfiltered opinions – where I spill the tea (and the wine) on all things food, lifestyle, and travel!

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