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I’ve never been a long range planner. I deal with things as they come. It’s frustrating sometimes when things didn’t go as planned (well, because there was no plan!). Once in a while, I told myself “I wish I had a plan”. I quickly realize to be successful in life, I need to have a life plan. Without a plan, many of my dreams will only be dreams. Last year, I got a kick out of myself when hubby represented me with his honey-do list. I’ve asked him to do several small projects for the house but never put them on paper. 9 out of 10, I forgot about them few weeks later and things never get done. He decided to make a honey-do list for himself. He checks them off as he gets them done. One by one, he went through a whole list in no time. The honey-do list is just an example of how helpful to have a plan in life. It serves two purposes: 1. Things get done the way we planned and 2. When the list is completed, it gives him a sense of achievement.
Photo credit: Google's imagesI sat down and started asking myself all these questions. What do we want to achieve this year? What is our short/long-term plan? Where do we see ourselves in 5 years (or even 10 years)? What I have below is a master plan (very general) that gives me the big picture of what I want to do with my life.
|1. I am going to a training in the next couple of weeks to get myself certified.||End of October (if I pass the test). This will help take my career to the next level|
|2. Have the house’s exterior painted before winter||Completed - Thanks to a friend for recommendation. We hired somebody who did such a great job|
|3. Remodel our master bathroom||DIY project|
|4. Expand our family||In the near future|
|5. Plan our dream vacation||Planning in progress|
|6. Move into a bigger house||In the near future|
My ultimate dream in life is to have a family’s business and I am still working towards that dream (and it's not involved online selling)..LOL :)
Photo credit: Google's imagesOne good thing is that both of us are very happy with our career’s choices. As always, there are things such as acquiring new knowledge and learning new skills to improve our careers. There are lots of small steps we need to take in order to reach our goals. (i.e.: in order to move into a bigger house, we need to put X amount of money in savings and in order to put X amount of money in savings, we need to do Y actions). More than likely, our life plan will change over time as our motivations and priorities will change. Regardless of having a life plan for not, it’s helpful to find your life purpose. Having a life purpose gives you meaning in everything you do. It also makes your life fulfilling.
It would be nice if every life experience was a good experience but that’s not realistic. Everyone is unique and everyone has a different perspective on life. We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. I’d rather make mistakes and experiencing life than living a life without a purpose. Many people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. That’s not me. I’ll make things happen. In the end, no one is responsible for your life except yourself
Readers, do you make plans for your life? Feel free to share any thoughts