Why do I need a life plan? I’ve managed without it all this time, why do I need one now?
A life plan is like a map that helps guide us towards a more meaningful and fulfilled life. It’s one that we’ve considered and envisioned for our future. Without a clear life plan we can find ourselves drifting or meandering along with no real direction, vision or purpose.
So how do I do it?
Let’s look at some simple ways to begin developing your perfect life plan.
Step 1: Take stock of where you are now
List the key areas of your life that you want to review and plan for. If you’ve watched the Masterclass you’ll already have started to consider these.
As a guiding example, when I’m doing my life plan review, I list my key areas under my holistic mind, body, life, soul framework. So for instance, in my case these key areas are:
– Mental health (mind)
– Personal growth (mind)
– Emotional wellbeing (mind)
– Physical health (body)
– Physical fitness (body)
– Nutrition (body)
– Personal style & brand (body)
– Career (life)
– Finances (life)
– Connection & belonging (life)
– Where I live (life)
– Spirituality (soul)
– Life purpose (soul)
– Personal life plan (soul)
– Daily practice (soul)
Everyone’s key areas are different, so it’s important that you choose what’s relevant and meaningful to you.
- Rate each of these areas how they currently are on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best possible life.
- Consider how you would like them to be. What would a 10 look like?
- List the realities of your life such as your responsibilities, available finances, things that really make you happy or things that make you unhappy.
Step 2: Create a snapshot in your mind of your ideal life
- Remember to dream big! The sky’s the limit so don’t be afraid to be bold.
- Use your list from Step 1 as a starting point then add anything and everything that gets you excited about your life like hobbies, early retirement, family time, charity work etc…
Details are good here as it will help you visualise later.
- Think about those things that you really love to do and notice any themes that might be recurring.
Step 3: Take an inventory of your skills and talents, listing all of your professional and personal accomplishments, achievements and strengths.
My blog post 15 ways to discover your natural skills and talents for tips on how to do this.
Step 4: Create a manifesto or personal vision statement, so you can boldly proclaim your wants, needs and desires
This personal vision statement post shows you how to really get creative with this.
Take into consideration your snapshot of your life (Step 2) and what you’ve discovered is important to you.
This statement should be all encompassing and it should include everything you have already discovered about yourself and your dreams, bringing it all together in one clear statement.
This enables you to make commitments to yourself and stand for something. It should capture the value you create and who you’re creating for, including yourself!
As an example, here is my personal vision statement:
“Live in a way that leaves no regrets. Be the best I can be. Use my enthusiasm and optimism to inspire growth and bring out the best in people. Have fun in my journey, keep learning. Open up, let people in, be brave enough to wear my scars on the outside. Maintain a sense of wellbeing and calm, be kind to myself and believe I deserve it.”
I review my statement every 6 months or so to make sure it still aligns but after tweaking my first few drafts, it hasn’t changed in almost two years, which shows that the initial time I spent in contemplation really got me thinking deeply and helped me create my personal guiding roadmap.
Step 5: Hold this vision in your mind by contemplating it for a few moments, each and every day
This is a vital step in the process because you are essentially reprogramming your mind towards this new way of life. The more you imprint this image in your mind, the more your mind will guide you towards it.
Step 6: Take small, actionable steps so you can begin moving towards this new goal
If you take time to focus on your new way of life every day, your mind (and the Universe) will begin to create ways for you to get there.