Would you plan a complicated trek through mountains without a map or plan? Probably not. But, most of us stumble through life without a real plan to reach our goals and realize success.
You might get lucky and come through successful in the end, but you probably could have done it sooner and without so many obstacles if you had a plan to begin with. Life doesn’t automatically give you a plan for the future when we’re born.
And even if you do have a plan at an early age, there will likely be obstacles and distractions you didn’t consider. During your life, you’ll go through stages that will determine many things about your personality and your life’s path.
Some stages are fraught with difficult times while others make it seem like you’re flying toward your goals. As you work through the stages, you’ll become a more mature and hopefully, better human being.
Around the age of 18, the family as a nucleus becomes less important and you move away to try out relationships and professions. During this time, you’ll likely focus on yourself and what you want to do for the rest of your life.
The choices you make as an adult (probably in your mid-twenties) will probably decide your life’s direction. Will you want to get married and have kids – further your career – or maybe even check out for awhile and travel around the world?
Commitments to goals of career, lifestyle and other accomplishments are defined at about this time and the plan for your future is put in place. If you don’t have a plan at this time, you could flounder and never reach your goals.
It’s important that you plot your journey carefully and be able to choose the specifics of how to live your life rather than living your life on chances. The map to reaching your goals depends on what you’re striving for in life and should be planned accordingly.
For example, if you want to become a heart surgeon, you know you’ll have to include many years of medical school, internship and studying. Most every career will require some type of schooling or training and that should be the core of your plan.
Your lifetime goals should be punctuated with small goals to ultimately reach what you want to do with your life. Your life will change as you age and the plan may change many times, but should still point to your ultimate goal.
Periodically looking at your map can detect any changes in your life that may need to be considered in the journey. You may get married, have children or suffer an illness. Most goals are achievable and you can tweak the path you take at any time. Always look toward the future you desire and you’ll stay on track to reach it.