Plan is defined in dictionary.com as a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance.
I kind of like this definition, it’s not awesome, however mentions the important aspects of preparation in advance for something.
The only difficult thing in life is determine what is actually important, what matters.
If you would know yourself well enough to answer that question then the only remaining thing would be to think how not to fail or in other words how to succeed at that. I like the not failing here more, not because I would encourage to avoid failure (quite opposite), however when we are preparing not to fail we can really start to kick up our planning up a notch.
When we do not want to fail, we start to think what are the most critical parts and how I am going to handle it.
The best people and organizations do this all the time, until to the point that this becomes habit and the critical situations then become automatic.
I am in love with this idea.
Succeeding is simple, have a plan and work that plan.