You are more likely to be successful in life if you engage in active planning. You know exactly what you want and how you intend to obtain it. Maybe you’ve already planned out your entire life. Perhaps you don’t do any planning.
In any case, these suggestions will assist you in developing or revising your Life Plan so that you can move forward toward the joy and fulfillment you deserve.
Spend some time answering the following questions about what you most want. Who knows, you might have a detailed Life Plan by the end of the week!
- What are your ambitions? Allow yourself some “dream” time to clarify what you truly want. You can be as outrageous as you want. Then, jot them down. There is no limit to the number of dreams or their size. Life gives us opportunities to let go of old goals and make new ones. Incorporate all of your dreams and goals into your Life Plan.
- What is crucial? Whatever is important to you should be reflected in your Life Plan. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to get a better education. Maybe you’ve always wanted to travel but didn’t have the time or money to do so. Owning a home may be the most important thing in your life if you grew up in a rented home. Include it if it is important to you.
- What do you hope to achieve? What kind of deeds do you want to accomplish? Now is the time to make a list of what you want to do with your life. Is it something you’d like to do to help with a church mission? Do you want to be recognized for your work performance in your career? * Make a list of what you want to achieve in your personal, professional, and educational lives.
- What kind of lifestyle do you want? Your response will describe the kind of life you want to live. Do you want to live in a city high-rise apartment? Do you aspire to own a farm in the country? Perhaps you prefer to live simply and to be able to pick up and go wherever you want. Maybe you want to make more money, live in a bigger house, drive a more expensive car, and enjoy wearing expensive clothes. In essence, you want to live the high life. Investigate thoroughly what standard of living you desire so that you can include it in your Life Plan. Examine your soul. When creating your Life Plan, there are no “wrong answers.”
- Do you have a good time? Perhaps, for you, having fun entails locking yourself away in your study all day to write romances. You might have the time of your life training for and competing in a triathlon. Activities such as bowling, yoga, and traveling to Europe are also acceptable – whatever brings you joy. If you answered “no,” it’s time to get serious about your enjoyment. You’ll need some time to think about activities that you might enjoy. When was the last time you stomped your feet? Make a list of your favorite activities. What is life without a little levity?
- Do you spend time with your friends and family? Those who are the happiest generally make time for their family and friends. Include this issue in your plan if it is important to you.
- How do you give back to your community? Giving back to your community fosters feelings of gratitude, fulfillment, and satisfaction in your own life. When you write these positive feelings into your Life Plan, you enable them to be an inherent result of donating money, time, or energy for the good of others.
- Do you prioritize self-improvement? Striving for excellence keeps you on track toward your life goals. Include short-term accomplishments in a variety of areas of your life.
Create your Life Plan as soon as possible and feel free to change it as your wants and desires change. A Life Plan helps you stay focused on all of your goals and motivates you to reach for the stars.