I always have a "the Plan." Anytime you talk to me, you can ask me what "the Plan" is, and I can tell you "the Plan." Problem is that "the Plan" is rarely ever the same anytime you ask me. What is "the Plan?" It is the direction of life, the ideas for the future, the carefully constructed strategy for the next while. I've struggled with having to have a "the Plan," but I have concluded that it is not a bad thing to have a "the Plan."
You see, I have to have "the Plan." I am a big picture thinker, and I am always looking beyond where I am to where I want to be. I am not content to just let life happen; I need to see beyond the immediate moment in which I find myself. In the past, I have wondered if this was a crutch, or if I was trying to create such a plan by myself. And after much pondering, I have realized that it is okay to be looking at life this way, with two provisos: one, "the Plan" is never immutable; and two, "the Plan" does not interfere with my current situation in life. When focussing on the future begins to detract from my current place in life, it becomes a problem. When it becomes an idol in and of itself and I am not giving it to God, it becomes a problem. But having "the Plan" is no more evil in and of itself than drinking alcohol is (now there's a loaded statement for you!).
My roommate once asked me why I keep making plans for the future since they keep changing so frequently. I said that it was how I operated, and that I need to always see life that way. So having a "the Plan" is okay. I have a "the Plan" right now. I do not know if it will be the same "the Plan" that I will have in a year, or a month, or even a week, but it's what I have for now. And I will always have where I am. As another friend once told me, "Be where you are." Good advice. Hopefully, "the Plan" never gets in the way of where I am, with "the I AM."