You need to have a plan for your life, no matter how badly or well you think it is going. What determines success, as we discussed in the previous sections, is having a plan. In that section, we talked about implementing an effective plan for success. In this section, we will be discussing how one can craft a five-year plan for one’s life. Yes, five years may not be for the long run, but at least, it is not now. I believe we understand that those people who are smart enough to make plans are the ones that end up being successful in life.
People tend to achieve their goals systematically. Making a five-year plan may just set the ball rolling for you to reach your long-term goals. For those who do not have an idea of what their next year would be like, planning the next five years would already seem impossible. But if one develops a five-year plan, it will help to become successful even after that.
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It may be difficult to imagine what your life could look like in twenty years, but in five years, it may not seem that far off. Someone may ask why I am discussing the five-year plan. Well, it is because I believe that five years is a balance; it is long enough to set goals and roll the dice for achieving them, and too short for you to start procrastinating and giving any excuses. Well, an easy way to go about the plan for your life to succeed is by asking yourself some questions. After asking yourself these questions, write the answers down and think about them carefully.
There are four main areas for goal setting that I consider strongly:
So what are these questions you should ask yourself if you want to craft a plan for your life?
The first question is what are those things I want to change this year? The answer to this question may be broad or specific, but it really needs an answer. You can even rephrase it as… What would make my life better and easier this year? The answer may be related to finance, work, family, or relationship. All you have to do is jot down all of these answers for each year.
The next question is where do I live? This is more specific because it has to do with accommodation. Do you see yourself moving away from where you are living in the next five years or not? Whatever the answer, you can always write it down like the others. Make good plans to either better your current living space or save enough money to facilitate a move to a better place or somewhere you own. Remember that this should be based on a timeline you have set for yourself.
The third question is what are my plans to better myself this year? Things are getting a little more serious at this point, and you do not want to quit now. To be successful in any area of your life, you need to be able to take good care of yourself first. Is it getting more exercise, reducing stress, making more healthy meals, drinking clean water, living in a clean and healthy environment, or whatever, just make sure it is realistic. This is also a question you need to ask yourself every year for five years because each year, you want to get better than the previous year. This should serve as a drive and motivation to do better and be better.
The fourth question is what are those steps you need to take to achieve financial security? Nobody wants to be poor, even if not everybody is willing to put in the hard work. Those who are willing to put in the hard work will need to know the steps they need to take to make the dream a reality. Are you willing to get another source of income? Do you want to get promoted at your place of work? Are you now ready to make investments that will yield returns in the long run? How much are you willing to save this year in a bid to achieve financial freedom? All these are questions you may need to answer as you make progressive steps toward being financially free.
The fifth question is what are those things you want to be doing for fun this year? This is one of probably the most interesting questions. All work and no play, they say. This is why you need to add fun to your plans for each year. You cannot be working and toiling every day because you want financial freedom. Working every minute of the day would make you spend all the money you are making in the hospital and that is not something you will want for yourself. Make as much time for yourself as you make for other things and you will be good.
The final question is what goals have I set for my family? Setting goals for yourself is important, but you also need to set goals for your family too. If you are a single man or woman, it would not hurt to plan for your life now. Are you already a parent with no plans for the children yet? This would be the time to start.
When answering these questions, you need to be honest with yourself. What are those things you truly want? You are more likely to achieve those things you truly want than those things you just have to do. The hardest part about forwarding movement is getting started. Once you have started, it is much easier to move. So take action. By the end of five years, you would look back and understand it was worth it. So what part of this message have you not planned for?
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Recommended for further reading:
- Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeHappy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect
- Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
- Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey