The problem with career and life plans is that they don’t work as per plan. But, that doesn’t render the act of building plans useless.
The trick, at least in my mind, is cultivate the habit of planning without ever obsessing about plans. And, the key to a good planning process is to be crystal clear about long term direction and short term process.
Doing so helps us avoid the trap of getting too caught up about the middle. Planning for the middle years of a 3-5 year or longer plan is a thankless task. There is no way you’re going to be able to predict the exact path and attempting to do so will likely only close you to possibilities. Planning for these middle years is also a recipe for unnecessary stress and disappointment.
When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to be difference once you get there.