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Audrey Marlene's YES Ezine
November 15, 2008

November 2008

Do You Have a Life PLan?

Do not live your life by chance but by foresight and planning. Most of us spend more time planning our next trip to the grocery store than creating a life plan. When was the last time you sat down to contemplate your life’s aspirations? No matter your age, we all have things we aspire to. For many of us when we hear of planning our lives we automatically think of career planning or goal setting and seldom think of the following:

  • Planning time to get to know yourself and deciding what’s important to you.
  • Deciding on the kind of person you would like to meet, to share your life with – their core values.
  • If you want to be a parent determining the kind of parent you want to be. Also, in choosing a life partner, know the kind of person you would want to have as a mother/father for your future children. If you are already a parent, do you have a plan for raising your children?
  • Planning your finances and how much you want to have in savings by what age.
  • Planning time for travel and learning the world around you.
  • Finding time to read and learn from those who have gone before.
  • Planning time for family, friends, laughter and fun.
  • Planning for service to your community.

    Lifetime planning may seem so distant but making a long-term plan for the next 20 years and breaking it down into smaller goals of 5 years, 1 year, 6 month, 1 month, and present day can give you a better sense of direction in life. As you decide on what you want out of life then your professional life can naturally be planned around your life’s plan.

    Begin by taking a snapshot of the ideal life for you. Don’t be afraid to think big. Think about all the things to love and enjoy doing and know exactly what you want. But keep in mind that this plan has to be flexible because chances are you will be revising your Life Plan over the years. Remember, life is a journey therefore, life planning is an ongoing process where you get to be the author of your life charting your course as opposed to simply wandering through it.

  • Are you satisfied with your life?
  • Do you travel the world as much as you hoped for?
  • Do you make time for family, friends, and fun?
  • Are you able to spend time alone to reflect, learn, and grow?
  • Is your career moving in the direction you hoped for?
  • Do you look forward to getting up in the mornings to get your day started?

    Do a life inventory to see where you are at this present time in your life. Be honest with yourself as your contemplate.

    To Your Success
    Audrey Marlene

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