“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
Have you ever gone on vacation to a destination you were not familiar with, yet didn’t bother to map the route? You just wanted to drive and try to figure it out along the way? Chances are you mapped it out because no one likes to get lost. Mapping directions when you don’t know where you’re going is certainly a wise move.
What about life? I mean, we are on this journey with many different roads, but do we take the time to map out our routes? Do we take time to create plans and ventures? Many of you have probably never developed some sort of life plan. In fact, you might even think it’s a waste of time.
Let me assure you that your life journey is just that; a journey. If you’re not planning or navigating the road ahead, you’re bound to lose your way. In fact, there are plenty of reasons we ought to map out a life plan. Here are several:
A life plan:
- It awakens your consciousness to the fact that you are following a road that leads to “somewhere.” The life plan assures you of where you are headed.
- Gives you a sense of purpose and mission infused with life, meaning, and value.
- Prompts you to create tangible goals and action steps that will allow you to fulfil those goals.
There are masses of people who have put their passions and dreams on the back-burner because they do not believe they can make a living pursuing such. I assure you that you can. In fact, a quick Google search on successful men and women will give you plenty of faith that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.
With the New Year here, many people are thinking about their purpose. What is it? Do I have one? Bet and believe you do and it can be found by getting out there and trialling it. If you just sit there and think about it, not much is going to happen. You’ve got to take a risk and get some forward momentum going.
The first step is always the most difficult, but also the most important. Make a decision and go for it! Look at Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tony Hsieh (Zappos) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon). They didn’t start out as business heroes. They started out with the desire to solve a problem that many people were experiencing and create a value driven product or service that was the best in the field. How did they begin? With one step.
Now the attention turns to you.
Are you stuck in stagnation? Do you have dreams, visions, or goals for your life? If so, are they infused with passion and zeal? Are you happy pursuing them or just plain burned out? If you’re not enjoying the journey, it is time to re-evaluate what you are doing. Make some changes or test out some other things. Take to the waters and test drive your purpose to see if there is a calling. If you fail, learn quickly from the failures and adjust your course.
Let me ask you this. Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years’ time? What do you want your life to look like? Who do you want to be in the future? Most people will automatically think about where they want to live, what car they’ll have, or who they will be married to, which is alright, but I want you to really think about what you want your life to look like in every way; financially, socially, physically, spiritually, and your career.
I like to break down my life into yearly components and within that framework, break them down into quarters. Also, I create a 5, 10, and 20 year life plan and chunk it back to quarterly periods. This keeps me on track and prompts me to always be actively working toward my short-term and long-term goals.
Creating a life plan will allow you to gain clarity on what is important to you and what you wish to achieve over the course of your life. For many people life happens to them, instead of through them. Life passes them by at the drop of a hat and soon enough their dreams, goals and aspirations have fallen to the wayside. Be clear on your vision – imagine it, envision it and focus on it daily so that you are clear on WHAT you wish to achieve. Don’t worry about the HOW’S. They will be made known to you along the way.
Begin strategizing your life plan today and map out your course. Create your destiny. I’m calling you to action and inviting you to move in the direction of your inner passions that move you to feel excited and happy.
Go for it.
I believe in you.