Make No Small Plans

Love And Be Loved (too lofty?)
Love And Be Loved (too lofty?)

Small plans are okay. As Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t do great things, do small things with great love.”

So then are big plans better?

Think back through your career. Where did you have the most success?  The most reward? The most passion? The most determination?

If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough. You can quote me on that.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. “Make no little plans. They have no magic with which to stir men’s blood and soul, and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” Civic planner Daniel Burnham

  2. Thanks for sharing this Sally. Where do you fall? Do impossibly high goals do it for you, or do more manageable goals, or something else?

  3. If you take the number of seconds in a year, and that it takes a bout a second to take a quick breath before speaking, we have over 31,000,000 chances to do something small in the span of a year. I say make big plans, but fill your life with small events. When the Empire State Building was built, they didn’t have the topping off ceremony first. It started with a solid foundation. Progress might not have been visible day-to-day. But after a few months it started becoming the grand skyscraper we all know and love.

    It is a collaborative work of those who set high goals, and those who are focused on the small jobs that help you reach your high goals.

  4. David, love it. Thank you. A 1,000 mile journey begins with a single ____!
    So, perhaps the insight here is obvious: Reach as high as you are comfortable with and then set out steadfastly to reach your goal.
    The fine print says be prepared for set backs, and know that everything takes longer than planned, which why most fail.

  5. Go big or go home!. I aim high, but break goals down into smaller more manageable bits.

  6. Sally, and remember two other things:
    1. Everything takes longer than you think.
    2. Stay healthy, have fun. (injuries are a real downer)

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