The Danger of Not Having a Life Plan
Would say that right now, today, you know exactly what you want out of your life? Can you say with certainty that your everyday actions are moving your closer towards the life you truly desire? Do you even know what kind of life that is?
Let me ask you another question…
Let’s say you’re going on a road trip across the country, to some town you had never heard of before. Before you leave, would you plan out with your GPS how you’re going to get there, or would you just get in the car and start driving, hoping that you end up in the right place?
Chances are, you’re going to create a plan before you get in your car in drive. So if you wouldn’t take a road trip without knowing your destination and how you’re going to get there, then why on earth would you live your without without the same level of planning?
What makes you think that you can just “drift” through life without any real plan, and be lucky enough to have everything fall into place?
Well let me give you a reality check.
The life you want to live, the success you want to have, and the goals you want to achieve are not going to be handed to you. You will never accidentally stumble upon success. And your goals will never be accomplished on their own.
YOU have to work to make all of that happen. And that entire process all starts with having a plan: A life plan.
But before you can create a life plan, you must first have a “vision” for your life.
What is Vision Anyway?
So what does it really even mean to have a “vision” for your life? Well, let’s start by taking a look at the dictionary definition…
Vision – The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be; An experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present;
Basically, having a vision for your life means having a clear and concise image of the life you want to live. How nice does that sound?
You probably already have some sort of “dream life” in mind. You’ve probably already imagined what your life would be like if you could have it anyway you wanted. Creating a vision simply improves upon those dreams and add more clarity.
The 4 Forces of Your Vision
Aside from clarifying your dreams, your vision also accomplishes four, very important things.
1) They invoke emotion – Excitement, passion, happiness, and fulfillment all come from having a vision for your life. And having an emotional connection to your future will help make taking action consistently today, that much easier.
2) They feel real – When you create you vision correctly, you’ll be able to close your eyes and vividly imagine the feeling of living out that life.
3) They motivate – Having a compelling life vision is probably the single biggest motivating force in your life. When you have a life plan, the hard work it takes to succeed instantly has meaning.
4) They are steady – A true vision doesn’t change very often. The goals, and the road to success may change, but the vision is the overarching, big picture view that connects most with who you are as a person, and what you want most out of life.
The vision you create will become a powerful force in your life. When you have a clear and concise mental image for your life and future, you’re much more likely to take consistent action because now you know exactly what it is you’re fighting for.
Having A Vision Keeps You Focused
“Life” tends to get in the way for most people… and so many get caught up in “making a living instead of designing a life”. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day aspects of life; paying the bills, going school, working on projects and assignments, going to work, getting the kids to school, getting them to practice, cooking dinner, doing laundry, etc….
But if you truly want to succeed and live a meaningful fulfilling life, then you must look PAST today. You must be able to stay focused long enough on the task at hand to see actual progress.
That’s what a life vision can provide you with.
Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Having a vision for your life will keep you focused with times get hard and you feel like giving up. It’ll keep you motivated when feel like you can’t go any further. It’ll be the light at the end of the tunnel when you feel like there’s no end to the dark days.