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?
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?
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** This post was refreshed January 19 2016
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