Our Plans:Their Success or Failure

By Abdulwarees Solanke

So, in management classes, we are taught to plan, act, and review. We are also told to ensure that our plan is SMART; that is, it must be simple, not complex, or confusing because if it is, we too can get stuck. We are to ensure that it is measurable, as well as realistic, and has a timeline or time bound within which we can mark our milestones.

Yet there is a last T which many of us in our illusory over confidence do not factor, Trust in Allah. No matter how perfect we plan, all things being equal, we do not own the time within which we are to achieve our objectives or goals in life. Nor do we know what Allah has in stock for us despite the preparation and perfection of our design or the orderliness of our implementation.

That is why our intelligence, creativity, or creativity must not deceive us to the extent of going to sleep in confidence or assume that everything is perfect. Insha Allah, we must submit and conclude that Allah knows best or if Allah Wills because wa mokaru, wa makarallah, w’Allahu khaerun maakirin. Also, He Allah is the best disposer of our affairs.

We might have done all the research and considered all the variables, we might done all the permutations or the predictions, we might have factored everything that needs be factored, yet situations or contexts can still be altered because the Owner of time did not will or that the One who inspires, the All Knowing knows what is better for us or knows the best order for us to follow

So, if we falter or fail in our plans, we are not to be frustrated, nor should we be fooled or full of ourselves when the order is fast or the success is frenetic and free.

In either situation, we are to be careful, conscious, or composed. We are to watch and always be in touch with the One who teaches, the owner of the person who writes the order of life.

Dear beloved ones, let us be aware, and there is every evidence from the Criterion that failure or success are two sides of the same coin. Under the one that faces up is the other. So, the one that turns up is not the absence or denial of the other. It also does not symbolize the permanence of either.

So, if our affairs gets muddy in certain times despite our brilliance or perfection of our plans, we are not to be frustrated or desperate because patience is the key element for the clarity of purpose and mission. We are to develop keener insight to see through the mud and the sediments. And if our success is fast-paced, we are to consciously be applying the breaks or be thinking and asking, is this not a drive to death?

The reality is that the speed and smoothness of a journey leads to an early arrival or end of the journey. Early arrival itself has intricacies. For, in arriving early, we hunger for more, desperate for fresh challenges. Or we despair over its sustainability because much time is still available.

Dear beloved, the attitude we must adopt is that no matter how solid is our plan, how orderly is its implementation or how lofty is attainment, we are to always consider that as NOT THE ULTIMATE, NOT THE END. Real success is the peace and freedom of whether our plans fail or succeed. I say this because success can enslave and lead to more hunger or lust, a kind of lust in which we are lost in the luxury of what success brings and so we lose connection with our Creator, losing conscience in the process or even losing life in the consuming passion of enjoying our success.

If our plan flops or fails, this is not yet a failure. You fail only when you give up. When you flop, it might be for you to have more experience to cover more fields in your field. It might be to delay you for better opportunity and get greater cuts or deals. It might even be to restrain or hold you down from meeting a disaster. It might be for you to develop keener insight and meet more benevolent chances. If we are conscious of these truths, we will never be floored in failure or consider our person or performance as flawed. Rather, we will see more chances and better choices.

The true believer is, therefore, not to be fretful in uncertain time or when his plan flops, nor is he to fool himself as a super hero when he finishes gallantly.

Whatever we achieve in an affair is not the end at all. It is to test our trust in Allah, and perhaps we might be grateful or fretful because inherent in both success and failure of our plans are big trials.

In every effort are chances of success if we are patient and watchful, if we journey with Him who gave us the idea and created for us the chance or opportunity to plan and work our our plan. In the end, WE ARE ALL BLESSED.

Abdulwarees, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Diplomacy & Management, Nigeria, who also holds Master of Public Policy as the 2007/2008 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association scholar in Public Policy at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam is currently the Head/Deputy Director, Strategic Planning & Corporate Development Department. Voice of Nigeria.
Abdulwarees can be reach on: 08090585723 or at Korewarith@yahoo.com