what's better than to have a personal plan and to execute on it? many things, perhaps, but that occurrence as a whole feels pretty good. It takes time, patience, grit, and some form of faith. Vision, stamina, and a deliberated choice to put oneself first.
There's always the kids, the significant other, the house, the job, and the butt-sniffing dog...but it must all start with self. Where is that self? What's the current situation with a given body and mind? Is it as good as it always was? Has the standard, the check and balance of having some sort of athletic goal intertwined with the days, been lowered? The best label for that is dangerous. If there's a longing for the baseline athletic strength and fitness that has, for one reason or another, been lost and somewhat buried, then a tragedy is at large.
Quit the entropic chase. a pen and paper and a knowledgeable source is all you need. plan your meals, structure your training and love that protocol. Hang on to that paper.