The 5 year Plan


Hello, how often do you look 5 years ahead? Not very often, I would suggest.

And that’s probably fair enough .. to a degree.

I like You, sometimes get caught up in the daily grind and just work on getting stuff done.

However, Time gets away and it’s prudent, I believe to cast your thoughts ahead.

A question ..

Have you ever considered planning 5 years ahead?

Not necessarily a rigid plan [though it can be] but a guideline for how you desire your life to be in 5 years time [an end result].

Many of you may be unsure of tomorrow let alone 5 years down the track.

Is that really good enough for you?  I am going to challenge you to expand your current day to day thinking and to look ahead as well as enjoying the present moments.

“Begin with the end in mind” … Stephen Covey

Cast your thoughts 5 years hence and picture your life [as you want it to be].

You probably won’t get an instant picture but if you spend some time focusing on this & practising your visualisation .. you will begin to get the picture.

The real point that I want to make here is this ..  Don’t spend the next 5 years having no idea where you are likely to finish up.

That would be a waste, wouldn’t it?

Even when you ‘go with the flow’, you still want to know if you are heading for the falls.Begin .. Stephen Covey

For me, 5 year plans are an ideal length.

Not too far ahead so that you risk losing the plot, just the right length so that you can keep a keen eye on the present and still allow for expansion of your current world into the future.

Build. Expand. Create.

5 years passes pretty quick yet there is a tremendous amount of happenings crammed into this portion of your life.

Meaning, that there is a lot to do, a lot to get right, a lot to prosper from and still time to correct any mistakes along the way.

Each 5 years will be different.

Your 5 year plans can roll into each other, building on the previous OR your 5 year plan can go in an entirely different direction [especially if the previous didn’t go according to what You wanted]

Your plan largely defines the direction that you want to take in life.

At the same time, your direction need not be in a straight line.

You may want to build into your plan, some flexibility for detours or deviations.

After all, this isn’t an “exact science” but more of a guide.

This will help you avoid dead ends and other obstacles that life will throw at you.  It’s a type of Plan B scenario already factored into your original Plan A.

Again, this ‘plan’ is a guideline, an overall concept of the next 5 year window of your life. An important concept at that .. don’t you think?

I certainly don’t want to trivialise this as I am talking about your life here.

Whether you stick rigidly to a plan for your life or you use a looser guideline, I believe that it’s a must to create some tangible mechanism to guide you.

A reference, a marker, a compass whatever you call it .. My suggestion is that you use it to your advantage.

Don’t look back on the last 5 years and wonder what happened .. look back at each 5 years and be ‘wondered’  by what happened .. and look forward with joy and anticipation to the next 5 years.

This post is not a detailed account of how you set up  5 Year Plan that suits you. It is simply an introduction to the concept.

If you would like assistance establishing a plan, you can contact me here

What have the next 5 years got in store for you? or what do You have in store for the next 5 years?

Feel free to speak your truth in the ‘comments’ below and share on your favourite social media channels.


** This post was refreshed January 19 2016


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  • Debra Eve November 1, 2013, 1:51 am

    David, I have heard this advice before, but this time I will implement it! I’ve found myself flailing the last few months and it is so easy to let time pass that way. Thank you!

    • David Stevens November 1, 2013, 2:35 am

      Hi Debra,
      Time certainly gets away … for both of us. Hope you work it out & get your important things done. I appreciate you calling in, plan for a great life ahead.
      Be good to yourself

  • Stuart Young November 2, 2013, 7:09 pm

    In fact David I would suggest your readers DO look back on the LAST 5 years and see how far they have come. If they find they are pretty much in the same place they were 5 years ago, or maybe even worse – time to make a decision. Thanks for the reminder my friend. 🙂

    • David Stevens November 2, 2013, 10:38 pm

      Yes indeed Stuart… can’t keep repeating a ‘tired” 5 year cycle. Thanks for being here.
      Be good to yourself

  • Betsy/Zen Mama November 4, 2013, 3:54 am

    i loved reading this as I am a big planner. I agree that 5 years isn’t a lot but a lot can happen. A few years makes a big difference in the life of kids in their late teens and early twenties. So as a parent, I can’t imagine where we might be in 5 years, but I still like to plan. Thanks for the advice!

    • David Stevens November 4, 2013, 4:43 am

      Thank You for your kind words Betsy. Yes, a few years does make a difference to us all however I know that the children have a lot happening and a lot of big decisions to make. Hopefully it works out well.
      Be good to yourself

  • Robert November 5, 2013, 3:12 am

    Thanks for this post David. Sometimes we get so caught up in our present chaos we forget to look down the road. Your post reminded me to do that.

    • David Stevens November 5, 2013, 4:23 am

      I’m glad that it has Robert. Appreciate you taking the time to contribute.
      Be good to yourself

  • Antonia January 11, 2014, 2:34 am

    Wonderful post, and excellent advice, David!

    “Don’t look back on the last 5 years and wonder what happened … look back at each 5 years and be ‘wondered’ by what happened”

    Yes! Love this! The wonder of what we can create with intention. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • David Stevens January 11, 2014, 9:02 pm

      Hi Antonia,
      I Appreciate your generous words and thoughts.
      Be good to yourself