Can you explain why your organization has a business plan that describes a strategy? How about a budget? List off all the reasons in your head. We know this stuff:
• Can’t manage what you won’t acknowledge
• Can’t manage what you can’t describe
• Progress has to be envisioned before it can be accomplished
• If you don’t purposefully plan, nothing changes
…the list will go on.
So… do you have a personal business plan? Most people don’t. If you’re serious about your life, you should consider building one. More often than not, people take the path of least resistance in the course of a day, and it doesn’t lead to the things you envision in your head when you think about what you really want. In order to get the most out of your life, you need to act purposefully.
It doesn’t have to be a huge drag to build either. Start with this:
Think about the things that are most important to you. If you could choose, what would your life look like 10 or 20 years from now? Making today’s choices with tomorrow’s vision in mind is what strategy is all about.
This may seem a bit more difficult, but do you have a sense of what your mission on this earth is? For some, this core identity is already apparent. For others, this will take a bit more work. Maybe you’re a teacher. Maybe you are an artist. Maybe you uplift others. Maybe you develop other people and mentor others. It’s good to think about why you’re here.
What do you stand for as a person? What values are at your core, and make up who you are and what you’re all about.
What are the most salient events or factors that are going on in your life right now? What things limit or boulster your opportunities or freedoms?
So what do you want to change, grow, limit, build this next year? What do you want to see be different?
What are you going to do in order to make that happen? How often? By when? What resources will it take?
If you’re willing to figure out what you want, what it takes to get it, and stay focused on your plan… well, chances are your life will be a heck of a lot more inspiring than if you don’t.