When it comes to my life, I love being in control of every single aspect.
And that’s where my love for a good plan comes in.
After I hit rock bottom a few years ago, I got the chance to re-evaluate every area of my life.
I quickly realized that I had been running blind the whole time.
I had dreams, yes, but I had no actual laid out plan on how I intended to get there.
Which meant that I wasn’t actually doing anything that would make any of those dreams come true.
Luckily those unforeseen circumstances forced me to actually take a moment and whip my life into shape.
Today we’ll take a look at how you can create your own life plan and take back control of your life.
What is a Life Plan?
A life plan is an overview of every aspect of your life, the good, bad, and even the ugly.
This is where you get to have a look at all the areas that need improving.
Those that need to be removed, and the new changes that need to be made.
It is more in-depth and it doesn’t even require more than two hours of your time.
Once you create it, you need to keep tweaking it over time, making changes where necessary, and noting the accomplishments.
What is the importance of having a life plan?
There are a lot of benefits that come with having a laid out life plan.
Some of them are;
- You get to prioritize what’s important.
- Avoid future regrets for not taking action sooner.
- Being able to control your life.
- Your finances improve as all your habits will have to match with your plan.
- More focus on chasing the right things that will positively impact your life like starting your own business.
The process of creating your life plan
The first crucial step is laying everything on the table, literally and figuratively.
I suggest you take this exercise in a quiet room, with a pen and notebook.
And preferably leave your phone in a different room or switch it off, you should have zero distractions.
Here are some questions to get you started;
- Are you happy with where your life is at this moment?
- What is currently happening that’s making you re-think your life choices?
- Is your career where you had hoped it would be at this point in your life?
- Are there relationships you have right now that you feel are of little value?
- Emotionally, are you doing as well as you should?
- Is your health in a good state or does it need improvement?
- Are there things that you are currently happy with?
In this evaluation, you have to note down all the good things and the bad things.
Make sure you include every life category from health, finances, spirituality, and even career.
Now, this is the messy part.
Here is where you get to put everything you’ve written down in its own category for easier cleaning up later on.
Simply put them in these categories;
- Happy with
- Needs improvement
- Has to go
Be brutal with this step, if you can’t decide on a category it probably needs to go.
3. Let go
If you haven’t already, it’s time to let go of all the things that have no value in your life.
In order for new things to come in, it’s important to create the space needed.
After all, what’s the point of piling on good habits on top of bad ones?
As I’m sure you already know that you need to make an improvement in your life, this part should be easy.
And don’t feel bad by letting things go because it means that you are ready for great things that will improve your life to come in.
4. Create a mission
I love missions because they make a bigger impact than simply having a vision.
Don’t get me wrong, visions are great but a mission gives you a stronger why and a bigger purpose than just chasing fleeting things.
It’s an overall of what your final goal is with your life and everything that you will do.
For example, my life’s mission is to provide education for kids who can’t easily access it.
Now this means that with everything I do, I have to keep this in mind and make decisions that will get me closer to my mission.
Like creating an online business that will help me make extra money that I’ll use to get me started on my mission.
It all ties together perfectly with what you hope to accomplish and it’s a win-win both for you and the world.
5. Make some goals
When it come to creating goals, what I’ve found to work best it to create big goals then break them up into small milestones.
For example, let’s say you want to create a 5-year plan where you plan to buy/build your dream home.
How would you break this up into small actionable steps that won’t overwhelm you?
Here’s how you can go about it.
- Define the goal – Buy dream house
- Decide the type of dream home and have an estimate of how much it would cost
- Start saving a certain % of your income for the dream home
- Find ways to make the dream possible sooner than planned like making more money
- Stick to the plan
6. Start taking Action
You’ve made it this far and for that I congratulate you.
Now it’s time to start taking the much needed action to take your life in the much needed direction.
Make some easy steps you can take day by day that will get you closer to your end goal.
Don’t be afraid to do cutbacks, end friendships, and even make sacrifices.
After all, nothing is freely handed to us.
We need to always make the necessary changes to make everything work out as close as we intend it to.
Were you able to make it through all the steps?
If yes, did it work out well? Please let me know in the comment below.
And if it didn’t work for you, tell me in the comment section or even send me an email at [email protected]
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