Last week I rediscovered this musical gem by Camper Van Beethoven and I can’t get it out of my head.

The lyrics are mostly nonsensical (and the songwriter admits it), but the part that really sticks with me is “Last night there were skinheads on my lawn. Take the skinheads bowling. Take them bowling.” Every time I hear these three lines, I think of two old guys sitting on a porch, rocking in their chairs, trading their life’s stories. The first guy complains that he saw skinheads on his lawn the previous evening. The second guy replies, in all seriousness, with his best solution.

For a moment it sounds like the right thing to do. Kids these days just need to keep busy and have fun doing things that won’t get them into trouble. Like bowling.

Of course, even though it may sound like a great idea, after little contemplation, you’ll hopefully agree that taking the skinheads bowling won’t be as successful as the old guy is thinking it will be.

How often do we come up with a “great” idea and proceed in making it reality without thinking it through? You can probably think of a few instances in your personal and professional lives that you’ve done something not because it was the best thing to do, but because it sounded good to others.

“Let’s partner with the humane society.” What if it kills more than half of the animals that it’s supposed to help?
“Let’s eat out tonight.” What about the budget and long-term goals?
“Let’s picket wind turbines.” What if you haven’t done any research and they’re used around the world for a reason?
“Let’s solve the problems of our youth in the way we think is best.” What if you know nothing of their issues?

There’s no harm in thinking things through and asking for opinions before deciding on a course of action. Create a plan, make it happen. Who knows, you may just do some good.

I make plans. I make them work. Call me.