Have you Thought About a Life Plan?

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December 21, 2012 by Will Ray

Wow, 2012 has really flown by – here we sit at the end of December, nearly, poised to take off running for 2013.

Actually, I’m a little behind for wrapping up the year, and not very poised, truth be told.

Blueprints

One of the larger tasks ahead of me that I’m really looking forward to is reviewing and updating my “Personal Life Plan.”  This is simply a plan I wrote for how I want my ideal life to look, after reading Michael Hyatt’s e-Book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan.  His e-Book is available for FREE if you subscribe to his email newsletter (to receive his blog updates via email.)

I can hear my associates at church saying now, “Oh Will, he’s such a planner – even has plans for his life.”  Well, yes.  I want to live my life as intentionally as possible, and I think the best way to do that is have (and execute) a plan that takes you where you want to be.  A plan that will maximize your fulfillment and enjoyment of life.

We personally have a plan for our money, we make plans for our weekends, our holidays.  People make business plans, career plans, family and housing plans.  Why not a life plan that ties all of that together?

Think about building a home.  You wouldn’t dare start out without a well-defined, specific set of blueprints that had been drafted, discussed, and revised multiple times.  You would be a fool to just show up at the site, order the materials you think you might need, and “just wing it.”  It would turn out horribly!

How much more complex and important is your life than a structure?  How much longer will you have to deal with the decisions you make in your life than in your residence?  You can always move somewhere else but you can’t switch lives with someone else.

I’m going to be spending some good time over the next two weeks reviewing and updating my life plan for the year, which includes making some goals for 2013.  I would encourage you to do the same!

Being intentional about your life and making specific decisions about what you’re going to do is difficult sometimes, but it leads to the best outcome.  Ideally, a life lived intentionally and purposefully results in a beautiful “monument” of accomplishment and fulfillment, a testament to the person who lived it.

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Youth minister, financial coach and part-time wedding photographer, based in Raleigh, NC

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