I believe that everyone would benefit greatly from creating a life plan for themselves. In fact, I think if there is anything specific you want to experience in your life then you absolutely NEED to create a plan now to make sure you don’t miss your opportunity.
Time doesn’t wait, every day we leave the past behind and we get older. There is no time like the present to do the things that are most important to you, whether it be to live in a certain place you’ve always wanted to live, to spend more time with the people who matter to you most, share your special gift with the world, write a book, learn to paint, climb a mountain, have children, do the work that you love, whatever it may be that you would really like to experience. As much as I don’t like to think about it, we won’t live forever. If we don’t figure out what is most important to us now and put a plan into action to make these things happen then we stand a great chance of reaching the end of our lives with regret. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible at any age and stage in life to figure out what your biggest priorities are and move towards making them the focus of your life, rather than things that don’t really matter to you all that much. You don’t want to miss out on the important things in your life because you were just floating along without a plan. There are 3 main steps to follow for having a life plan.
Creating a life plan
Step 1: Figure out what you want.
I suggest writing all of your answers to this part down on a piece of paper titled “What I want.” or “My Ideal Life.”
Some questions to ask yourself:
What kind of person do you want to be? What are the traits you most admire and want to have? It is never too late to become the kind, helpful, loving, calm, peaceful, healthy, confident, joyful person you want to be.
Do you have the kinds of relationships you want to have with other people? Do you spend enough quality time with the people you care about? Are you a good listener? Do you show the people you love that you care about them often enough? Are you honest with others about how you feel? Do you let people in? Do you work through problems with your loved ones in the way that you want to? Do you keep in contact with people you care about? Do you have the kinds of friends you would like to have? Do you have the kind of relationship with your significant other that you would like to have? If you haven’t already, do you want to have children or be married?
Is there anything you want to experience in your life that you have not yet experienced?
Is there any place you really want to travel to?
What kinds of activities do you want to share with the people in your life?
Where do you want to live?
What kind of work do you want to do?
Is there anything you would regret if you never experience it?
What do you want to try?
What do you want to try but you are afraid or don’t think you can do it?
How do you want to help the world, or what problem do you want to help fix?
What do you want to give the world?
How can your unique vision make the world a more beautiful place?
What excites you that you really want to spend more time doing or working on?
What else do you want for your self?
Step 2: Create a time frame to do the things you want.
Ok, now that you know WHAT you want, it is time to figure out WHEN you want it. I suggest writing this part down too, underneath what you want or on a new sheet of paper. You can title it “Life Plan.”
Is any part of what you want something that you need to do by a certain time? Do you want to do a big backpacking trip before you are too old to hike mountains? Do you want to have children while you (or your partner) can still physically have them? Do you want to get your own business going before you have children? Do you have an aging grandparent that you really want to ask about what their life was like in their youth? Is there a place you really want to travel that you won’t be able to once you have children or other obligations? What on your list has to be done before a specific time? I would start to write out an actual time frame with general dates or years for doing these things. I did this myself, I created a time frame for the plans that my boyfriend and I want to do, and it really showed us which things we need to do now, ASAP, in order to be able to do everything we want before the chance for some aspects of our dream life pass us by. This really helps with prioritizing.
Now you have the beginning of your life plan written out with all of the things you need to do by a certain time. Next, on the time frame, fill in all of the other things you want for your life that don’t have to be done by a certain time where it seems like it makes the most sense to do them.
Alright, so now you have a plan and it is all written down so you can look at it and see what you need to start doing or working toward.
Step 3: Take action.
It is finally time to start taking steps toward making your life plan happen. As you go through your days think about your plan and the things that matter to you and ask yourself if what you are doing is helping fulfill what you truly want for yourself and your life. If you feel like you are off track adjust accordingly.
That’s it! 3 simple steps, and you will be on your way to the life you want! No more floating aimlessly while opportunities for what you really want are passing you by. From time to time it is good to come back to your list, evaluate where you are, what things you have accomplished, and what new things you want to add to your life plan. By following these 3 steps you are guaranteed to make progress towards the life you want for yourself.
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