In life many successful people achieve success by setting goals for themselves and striving to achieve them. Your life goals gives you a long term focus. To achieve these goals you can break them down into small steps which are relatively easy to achieve. Sometimes not knowing where you want to go in life can
In life many successful people achieve success by setting goals for themselves and striving to achieve them. Your life goals gives you a long term focus. To achieve these goals you can break them down into small steps which are relatively easy to achieve. Sometimes not knowing where you want to go in life can raise a lot of confusion, I recommend you lay out some basic goals for yourself in your five year plan. It will give your life meaning and your daily activities more focus.
A five year plan is not necessarily an outlay of every step you will take for the next half a decade. Rather it is a vision of where you would like to be five years from now and a constructive plan on how you will get there. So as you are writing yours or if you have written yours, this is what your ideal 5 year life plan should look like.
1. Where Are You Going?: People focus on different aspects of their lives when making long term plans. Here are a few personal aspects that you consider when establishing personal goals.
- Material wealth
- Public service/Community
With this list you can think about where you would like to be five years from now in respect to every item on the list.. There is no need to establish goals for every item because that would be too much. Just focus on those which are important to you. If it is one or two, that’s fine. If you are not sure of where you want to be in the next five years, consider which aspects of your life most concern you. Career development? Relationships? Pleasure? Recognition? Based on what you really want to accomplish focus more on them and set your goals accordingly. If you attempt to achieve too many goals over the next few years, you run the real danger of not satisfactorily achieving any of them!
2. Audit: Now with a clear idea of where you are going in your life for the next five years, you need to audit where you are at the moment and check if there’s any synergy. This audit should help you discover if there’s any relationship with what you are doing now and where you intend to be in the next five years.
3. Plan: Now that you know where you are and where you are going, you need to draft a plan on how to get there. Take your time and write up a short vision of where you want to be in five years. Once you are finished, you should have a clear statement of where you want to be in five years’ time. It should not be long. Go through it and decide on which aims are most important to you. Look at each sentence in your goal statement. Think about what you might need to do in order to turn that goal into a reality. Is it a skill you need to acquire to help you get to where you want to be? Don’t think only about actions that will take you immediately to the goal. Think also about actions that will bring you closer to the goal. Take a brainstorming approach, that is: write down every idea that comes to mind no matter how irrelevant it is. Do not criticise yourself and do not be afraid to write down outrageous ideas. In particular, don’t be afraid to write down visionary ideas. That way you have a large pool of ideas on how to chase your greatness in the next five years. In your plans, break it down to days, weeks months and years. If your dream is to be a Guitarist, your plan should state in weeks or months you will need to learn how to play the guitar.
4. The Document: Now that you have everything in perspective, put it in a single document. Make the document as good looking as possible. If possible consider framing it and hanging it in your bedroom wall or another place where you will see it at the beginning of each day.
Then, start working on the actions you defined in your plan!
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