Between 2012 to 2013 there was one junior player that took the Zambian Chess scene by storm. At the age of 14 this junior earned the CM title and set the record as the youngest titled player in Zambia. His name is Jonathan Thomas and he has a decent number of articles written about him.
The interesting thing is that when I began coaching him, Jonathan did not see himself achieving what he did – he is very modest in character and prefers not to be too optimistic. But as his coach I saw beyond this and sat Jonathan down to make a plan – we planned out exactly what we wanted to achieve over two years. One of the things we planned was to get the CM title within a year – it seemed impossible at that time because he was a beginner. But Jonathan worked hard towards the goal and looked for tougher competition every time. From being a pure beginner, he started to give experienced chess players problems and would sometimes shock the top guns. He was dedicated and became strong rapidly yet never lost focus of his goal. In 2013, he travelled to South Africa for the African Youth and was the only Zambian participating in it – it had over 100 kids. Jon gave it his all emerging 3rd in the process and as a result achieved his goal of getting the CM title from this very tough event – this was achieved way ahead of the timeline we gave ourselves.
This is what a good plan does – it makes you an achiever. In fact, Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans shall succeed”. Have you noticed that you need to PLAN if you are to succeed? Without a plan there is very weak foundation for success. Yes, there are chances that you may succeed but the task is ten times as difficult. Decide today to intentionally plan out what you want to do. Start now.