I try to distinguish between "planning" and "brainstorming."
Planning means "This is what I'm going to do. I'm attached to a specific outcome and I'm going to take these steps to make sure that outcome happens. If that outcome doesn't happen, I will be disappointed because my plan failed."
I don't see how it's possible to plan something without getting your hopes up, but that could just be the way my mind works.
Brainstorming means "I'm just looking at possibilities." There's no attachment to a specific outcome, you're just looking at different way things might work, while remaining flexible to new outcomes based on what happens between now and then.
It may seem like a trivial distinction, but I find that it really helps combat disappointment when things don't go according to plan.
“As I am sure any cat owner will be able to tell you,
someone else putting you in a box is entirely different
from getting into a box yourself.” —bisexualbaker
Last edited by SchrodingersCat; 03-24-2013 at 07:37 PM.