Do you have wonderful plans on paper? You have set all of your goals, planned out your day, written down procedures and rules, all on paper? If you look at your plans on paper, everything makes sense. But, do you find that reality has quite a different plan? Sometimes you have to adjust your paper plans to match your reality. The best way to begin to match your reality with your paper plans is to ask WHY? The X Factor was a popular show, but we should be watching our own Y Factor. Whether you do and don’t do something begins with why. When your plans on paper don’t match what you are actually doing, first stop, and ask why. Then, adjust your paper plans to be more specific to help your actions. Once you’ve figured out your why, then try to make your actions and paper plans match. For example, I can put down on paper that I want to lose 5 lbs. this month and that I won’t eat after 8pm. That is a written plan with a definitive goal by a specific time. However, I have only created a restriction – no eating after 8pm – without adding anything positive. I’ve taken away something, and so I am obviously going to rebel or at least not be excited about my plan. I am a huge rule follower. After all, I am an accountant. Creating rules to help me lose 5 lbs. helps me out so much more. Plus, if I can make the rules fun, I follow them much better. So, I create a game out of the goal. In the game of weight loss, I can change the written goal to be a rule of no eating badly until I eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and drink 5 glasses of water. That’s adding a bit of competition to the game and myself. Look at your paper, and look at your actions. Reconcile the two by adding the fun.