Plans Change

Plans are meant to change.

They are just an outline.

The details are filled in by life’s circumstances.

We can try to mitigate all risk and cover all contingencies, but we cannot account for every possible variable, especially variables that are impossible to predict.

Our success is determined by our ability to adapt to the reality we face once we begin taking action.

If we have planned well, we have left ourselves room to adjust.

If we have planned well, pivoting is part of our plan.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Kogen Dojo Self Defense Academy where he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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*Robert Van Valkenburgh’s black and white photography can be seen at My Darkness To Light

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