Designing Your Life
Posted by: Ronda Devereaux | December 26, 2013 | 11:22 am
Designing Your Life With a Life Plan
The Taj Majal was not created by chance. There is no way the end result would have been what it is without a lot of planning. Why then do we leave our lives to chance? Why do we think they will unfold with no planning whatsoever? When you put pen to paper and engage in active planning, you’re much more likely to create the life you want instead of the life you get. You know what you want – now go get it.
Maybe you already have your life all planned out. Maybe you don’t. Either way, these tips will help you devise or tweak your Life Plan so you can move forward toward realizing the joy and fulfillment you deserve.
Take some time to answer the following questions about what you really wnat. Who knows, you may have a detailed Life Plan before the year is over and done with! Some of the questions may seem pretty basic – my intention here is to create a space for you to sit with yourself and really ask the questions (and answer them…)
1. What are your dreams? Allow yourself some “dream” time to clarify for yourself what you really want. Be as over-the-top as you like. Then, write them down.
- There’s no limit to the number of dreams or how large they are. Life provides opportunities to let go of certain goals and add new ones. Infuse your Life Plan with all your dreams and goals.
2. What’s important? Whatever you feel is really important to you should be reflected in your Life Plan. Maybe you’ve always wanted a degree, more time with the kids or to be financially free. Perhaps you’ve wanted to travel but haven’t the time or money to do it. If you grew up in a rented home, owning a home might be the single most important thing in your life. If it’s important to you, include it.
3. What do you want to accomplish? What things do you want to achieve? Now’s the time to write down what you want to do with your life. Do you want to win awards and accolades or just serve man? Do you want to be center stage or behind the scenes working?
- List what you want to attain in the personal, professional, educational and spiritual aspects of your life.
4. How do you want to live? Your answer will describe the life you want to lead. Do you want to live in the big city or in a beach shack? Does a ranch with goats and chickens appeal to you or a condo downtown? Maybe you prefer to live simply and pick up and go wherever you want.
- Whether you want to earn more money, live in a larger house, drive an nicer car, and or wear designer clothes – defining the material aspects of how you want to live will give you insight to what you need to do in the future.
- Thoroughly investigate what standard of living you want so you can include it in your Life Plan. Search your soul. Let me say that again – SEARCH YOUR SOUL. I say that because the answers of your soul just may not be the answers that come to mind… There are no “wrong answers” when you’re developing your Life Plan.
5. Do you have fun? Maybe having fun means locking yourself in your room to read or write romances all day. You might find training and running a triathlon to be the time of your life. Traveling, yoga, even bowling may just be what brings you joy. But if your not doing it – well you get the picture.
- If you answer this question with a “no,” it’s time to get serious about your fun. Do a little of that soul searching again and ruminate about what things bring you joy. When was the last time you kicked up your hot little red heels? List activities that you love to do. What is life without some fun?
6. Are you spending time with friends and family? Generally, those who are the happiest make time for their family and friends. OK, well maybe certain members of your family – LOL. If family and friends are important to you, include it in your plan.
7. Do you have an extended community? And what does community mean to you? (I mean your definition of community). Having a tribe – a group of people you resonate with and really get you can be so rewarding. Sometimes we have to step out of the box a bit to find (or build) that community.
8. Is self-development high on your list? Striving to excel helps keep you moving toward your life goals, but we can’t know where we are going if we don’t know where we are. Think of some things you want to do/learn and include those short term (or long term) achievements on your list.
Developing a Life Plan creates a vision for your life. Feel free to change it as your wants and desires evolve. Having a Life Plan keeps you focused on all your goals and will motivate you to reach for the stars – and pick which ever one you choose…. Looking to get started? Join my ‘ My Best Self ~ My Best Year ‘ program.