(This is a quick introduction to the concept of how to create a life plan. If you’re interested in this topic, then you can read more in the free report called “Life Plan Mastery” which is available on the top right part of this page.)
Have you ever noticed that most of us go through our lives wanting? It almost seems like we care more about the things we want to happen in the future than we care about the present.
People want to buy their first car. People want to graduate from school and move out on their own. People want to take vacations to nice places. People want to get better jobs. This list could go on and on. The point is we all seem to have a genuine desire for a better life.
Plan Your Life By Finding a Better Job???
Let’s concentrate on the last desire I discussed, “a better job.”
What does that mean, exactly? A job that doesn’t involve working nights or weekends? A job that has a better title or a bigger office? A job that pays more than your current one?
“A better job” means different things to different people, but it’s probably safe to say that a better job would – hopefully, anyway – make you a happier person.
I have friends who work in the business world and friends who avoid the whole 9 to 5 scene. I’ve met people that work in the medical field and people that work in construction.
With all these people, I’ve noticed one thing: the common denominator seems to be that they all want to do what makes them happy. Running the cash register certainly doesn’t pay as much as defending people in court, but if you’d hate being a lawyer, why bother?
What Do You Really Want?
What do you want to do with your life? What would make you happy? What do you REALLY want?
I know you might think I’m nuts, but it really is possible to find your passion in life and make a career out of it. I’m living proof of that.
Keep in mind, though, that this didn’t all fall out of the sky and land in front of me on a silver platter. I came up with a plan and I stuck to it – using something that’s called a “Life Plan.”
Start Your Life Plan By Finding Your Passion
Let’s break this all down a little bit and get you started on your own Personal Life Plan.
There’s got to be one thing in your life that you absolutely love to do. Think for a minute. What’s the one thing that you love to do so much, it wouldn’t feel like work if you were getting paid to do it?
Cooking? Carpentry? Fixing cars? Writing? Helping little old ladies?
You might want to laugh at first, but it really is possible to make a career out of something you love. People love to eat at restaurants, so we need cooks!
We need carpenters in the world, too, and mechanics to fix our cars when they break down … again, you get my drift. I’m just trying to prove my point that it’s possible to turn your hobby into your career.
Next, Start Creating a Few Measurable Goals
At the moment, you might have a job you’re not too thrilled with. That sucks, I know, but unless you’re Paris Hilton you probably have to work in order to put money in your checking account.
So for now you’re going to have to grin and bear it and go to work … but you’re also going to work on your Life Plan and hopefully get to the point that you no longer have to go to that job you hate.
Once you have your passion in place, you need to make some goals. The key here is to create measurable goals that have a specific completion date. What I like to do is use a “5 a day habit” that helps me slowly, but steadily move towards the things that are listed in my life plan.
The important thing to remember is you can’t expect everything to happen overnight. There is no such thing as an overnight success, so get that idea out of your head. Goals are best achieved when they follow a logical, step-by-step process.
So even if you can’t stand sitting in a cubicle all day taking customer service calls, your first goal shouldn’t be something huge like, “Open my own restaurant within 2 months.”
If you really do want to open your own restaurant one day, that’s awesome! However, your best bet is to take things slowly at first, little by little, and you won’t be instantly overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed is the number one reason that people give up on their goals.
Work On Your Goals- Each and Every Day
Now that you have a few small goals in place, you need to start working on them daily.
Even if your initial goals are doing something as simple as visiting a cooking blog every night for ideas or researching the main things that are needed in order to open a restaurant, start working on them!
Make your goals attainable, and after you’ve gotten them out of the way you can move on to new goals.
Obviously, you’re going to need to keep adding new goals as you go down your list. You’re going to need to adapt your goals as things change or your situation changes. That’s OK. It’s a plan that’s not carved in stone. Your plan can be altered when it needs to be. This is all part of the process of continuous improvement. It’s your Life Plan, remember? It’s going to change as time moves on and you move on.
Like I said, we all have dreams and aspirations for our lives. The key here is to turn these dreams into a concrete step-by-step action. If you put a 100% effort into it, there’s nothing you can’t achieve with a well executed life plan.
(As I mentioned at the start of this post, this is a brief introduction into the process of creating a life plan. If you want more information on this subject, I recommend you take a look at my free report, “Life Plan Mastery.”)Take Action. Get Results.