“’Plan ahead’ is good advice in this world, where you should and must control and direct where you have accepted responsibility.” A Course in Miracles (Circle of Atonement edition)
“When you say to yourself, ‘I am going to have a pleasant visit or a pleasant journey,’ you are literally sending elements and forces ahead of your body that will arrange things to make your visit or journey pleasant. When before the visit or the journey or the shopping trip you are in a bad humor, or fearful or apprehensive of something unpleasant, you are sending unseen agencies ahead of you which will make some kind of unpleasantness. Our thoughts, or in other words, our state of mind, is ever at work ‘fixing up’ things good or bad in advance.” Prentice Mulford
How much planning ahead ought we to do? Some, but not an overwhelming amount. If our planning becomes overwhelming, then we lose the moment, and living in the moment is very important.
As Prentice says, if we anticipate the worst, we tend to bring that worst to us. The law of attraction in evidence. When we imagine good things ahead, though, we are ensuring that our day will go well. It is all in the mind. It is “mind stuff.”
I have found that if I start the day out wrong, things tend to go wrong, on and off, all day long. Getting up on the right side of the bed is just good psychology. And a teeny bit of planning goes a long way toward bringing this better day to ourselves.
Check out this truth. See if it works in our lives. We will all find that it does. The best thing that we can do to bring good things to ourselves is to contemplate those good things that we want.
The Holy Spirit asks no less.