Stop!!! Over planning

Travis Knowlton LCSW
2 min readJun 10, 2024
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Whether you go to a 10,000$ Tony Robbins retreat, go to your local library for a free seminar, or go see your therapist, they all have clever and unique formulas and patterns to help you figure and plan out your goals.

One of the most common and effective strategies is called S.M.A.R.T goals

S- specific


A- achievable



This is a great tool, and I use it in my psychotherapy practice all the time.

But, there is a slight problem with this and many other approaches.

It does not directly solve the execution or the when and now issues.

I am constantly telling my clients that therapy does not happen when we are together, but instead, it happens when the concepts we discuss in therapy collide with their worldviews.

It’s all about the actionable behavior.

All too often, I find that people are great thinkers and planners in their private practice and in life.

Planning and thinking are good, but we must be careful and observant of when our planning and thinking go from a helpful approach to an excuse for not doing a thing.



Travis Knowlton LCSW

I'm a husband, father, veteran, and licensed clinical social worker that is here to enjoy and share!