It was the first day back to school for one of my children and I got so much accomplished! After weeks of being wishy washy with our afternoon activities, floating through the summer days, and neglecting some responsibilities, I had developed quite a to-do list. I had to have quite the plan this week to get it accomplished, but I did.

That is one of the things I love about back-to-school; it's a new beginning and a chance to hit the reset button. Adults aren't exempt from this back to school phenomenon - I think we (even if subconsciously) dive into work a little harder with a new freshness and new goals. Maybe it's the change of season or maybe it's a habit we've carried over from our days of school.

So, students - what is your plan for the year? Do you have a plan? Are you going to wing it? Study 1 hour a day? How are you going to do that? Are you going to get up an hour earlier? Will you spend your lunches studying? Will you go right to the library after school? Be specific if you want to be successful.

Pharmacists - what is your plan? Keep your license? Be a manager? Continue on the status quo? Do you have health goals? Exercise? Cook more? Eat cleaner? Spend more time with your family? Start a business? Get a hobby? Meet friends? Get married?

Every goal needs some sort of a plan to be successful. Yes, winging it sometimes works out. In the long run, though, you will have to be discipline and strategic if you want to take your goals to the next level.

Why is a plan important?
Well, first you can say "I want to be a rockstar, pharmacist, president, etc....", but until you map it out, you don't even know how to get there. Do your research, stay focused, and start working.

So what if you lack the motivation? Then, I would question how badly you really want it. "Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." Being in your comfort zone is easy and change is hard, BUT if you want to get somewhere great in life, you are going to have to push through your comfort zone to get to the next level.

PracticeJoanna Simmon