When you have a plan it’s likely that you will experience more success than someone who doesn’t have a plan. Thinking about what you want to achieve gives you the edge because you know what you want and how you intend to get it.
Knowing this can relieve a lot of stress because you’re not constantly wondering what to do and what’s coming next. Even if you don’t have a plan set out, you probably have some idea of what you want to be doing with your life.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some questions to think about when designing your plan. Whether for business or other areas of your life, take some time to figure out the answers to these questions, and you’ll have the foundation of a plan for achieving your goals.
What are your dreams? Allow yourself some “dream” time to clarify to yourself what you really want. Be as over-the-top as you like. Then, write them down.
There’s no limit to the number of dreams you can have or how large they can be. Life provides opportunities to let go of certain goals and add new ones. Infuse your Life Plan with all your dreams and goals.
What’s important? Whatever you feel is crucial to you should be reflected in your Life Plan. Maybe you’ve always wanted to have more education. Perhaps you’ve wanted to travel but haven’t the time or money to do it. If you grew up in a rented home, owning a home might be the single most important thing in your life. If it’s important to you, include it.
What do you want to accomplish? What big goals do you want to achieve? Most of us have dreams and visions of doing things that have nothing to do with our actual careers. Is working on a church mission something you aspire to do? Do you want to win an award in your career for your work performance? My big goal is to create a sanctuary for abused and abandoned big dogs.
List what you want to achieve in all areas of your life — personal, professional, educational, and be sure to involve your whole self, body, mind, and spirit.
Where and how do you want to live? Your answer will describe the life you want to lead. Do you want to live in a high-rise apartment in the city? Do you want to own your own farm in the country? Maybe you prefer to live simply and pick up and go wherever you want.
Figure out exactly what standard of living you want so you can include it in your Life Plan. Search your soul. There are no “wrong answers” when you’re developing your Life Plan.
What do you do for fun? Maybe, to you, having fun means locking yourself in your study to write fiction all day. You might find training and running a triathlon to be the time of your life. Activities such as bowling, practicing yoga and traveling also qualify – whatever brings you joy should be on your list.
If you answer can’t think of anything you do for fun, it’s time to get serious and think about the types of activities you might enjoy. When was the last time you kicked up your heels? List activities that you love to do. What is life without some fun?
Are you spending time with friends and family? Generally, those who are the happiest make time for their family and friends. If this issue is important to you, include it in your plan.
What do you do for your community? Giving back to your community cultivates feelings of gratitude, satisfaction, and fulfillment in your own life. Donating money, time, or energy for the good of others enables these positive feelings to be an inherent result when you write them into your Life Plan.
Are self-improvements high on your list? Striving to excel helps keep you moving toward your life goals. Include short term achievements for many areas of your life.
This will give you a good start on your life plan, but it doesn’t have to be carved in stone. Be open to changing up the plan as your life evolves. Opportunities may appear that take you in directions you never thought to go. With a plan in place you’ll be able to see how they will help move you closer to achieving your life goals and visions.