What You Can Do to Ensure the Future You Want is the Future You Get
I have come to believe that (as cliché as it may sound when asked) your ability to seriously answer the question “where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 or 15 etc years?” is actually pretty critical in determining the kind of life you will more than likely end up having.
Many people stumble from year to year with little purpose, only to find out 10 or 15 years down the road that the dreams they had are now way out of their reach. Most people chalk it up to “bad luck,” “realities of life” and “just the way things go.” The ethos of this site though is that, in large measure, we get what we strategically, consistently, and energetically pursue.
Why Should I Make A Life Plan?
There are many of you who take the John Lennon position that
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
I prefer the words of investment tycoon, Warren Buffett, who said:
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
The life you have today is in large measure how it is because of things you and others did or did not do yesterday. A personal life plan helps you to survey your life, see where you want to go, who you really want to be – in every area. As a result, it ensures that you are doing the things you need to be doing today to for the best kind of tomorrow.[pullquote align=”left”]“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett[/pullquote]
How Do I Start?
Great question. One of the main reasons I have been able to make a comprehensive plan for my life, that I revisit and update from time to time, is the invaluable advice of American business leader and author Michael Hyatt (I previously wrote about him) in a free (short) E-BOOK on the topic. Creating Your Personal Life Plan is an invaluable resource. Go to that link, read what’s there and get your free (short) E-BOOK on the topic.
- For More Information, just zoom over to the FAQ for Creating Your Personal LIfe Plan.
- If you need more convincing, then, read: 7 Reasons Why You Need a Written Life Plan
Note – What You Can and Cannot Do
There are some who will argue “life is so uncertain, whats the point of planning?”
Just remember that: “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” If there is no harvest, the farmer and his family starves. What the farmer must do then is to plan wisely and act no matter the conditions of the weather. He cannot just throw up his hands and say “well I wont plan to plant next week because I don’t know what it will be like.” The weather is God’s business, planting and reaping is the farmers duty.
You are the farmer.
Have you ever made a personal life plan? Is there anything you would like to share about having/not having a plan?
This is part 2 of the 7 part series “Make 2013 a Stand Out Year.”
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