Planning for your future while living for today seems like such an abstract idea when you are young. When I was 20, I couldn’t even imagine being 30. Well, 30 was over 20 years ago now. I wish I had planned a little more.
If you don’t have a plan, you’re living someone else’s!
What is your plan for your future?
Here are 10 things to consider in your plan:
- Is God a part of your life?
- Will you work a job or run a business?
- What kind of work or business?
- Who will you work with?
- Do you plan on having a family?
- Where will you raise your family and/or run your business?
- When or if you will “retire”?
- Where will you spend your golden years?
- Who will you spend them with?
- What will your legacy be?
When you are young, planning for the future seems like pie in the sky. Living for today is all well and good but yesterday is gone and tomorrow is today. Now what?
I knew at a young age that I wanted to be married and raise a family. To do that, I believed I needed a decent job with benefits and a pension plan. Little did I know that was really pie in the sky! The time came for a plan update. Think about it, your life plan is really no different than a business plan. It’s a guide and when circumstances change, you have to rethink your plan and adjust your path.
I often hear people make the comment that God will provide. That’s great, He will. You have to do your part so that God can fill in the blanks for you. God won’t give you a job or put money in your bank but He can help you fulfill your plan if you have one. Just think about your parents, did they just give you everything or did they help you learn skills that would enable you to achieve your own success? That’s why they call Him God The Father, not God the give you everything without any effort.
Having faith is more than religion. Have faith in yourself. You will achieve greatness. How you define that is up to you unless you are living someone else’s plan. We all have greatness within us. It’s up to us to have a plan to draw on that greatness and decide how we will leave our mark on this world.
Family isn’t necessarily spouse and children for everyone. Family is that group of people who provide unconditional love and support. By support, I don’t mean money! I am lucky enough to have been blessed with children and grand children. Whether I agree with their particular path or plan is irrelevant. They will always have my love and moral support just as I know I have the support of my parents, siblings and extended family.
We are also blessed with an extended family. We have friends that we have met over the years in a new city. We also have friends that we have met through employment and business. In many cases, due to geography, you are closer to your extended family than your genetic family.
What this boils down to is that you have some control over who your family is. We start with genetics but we decide for ourselves from there. Don’t underestimate the importance of family in your plan.
Finance is one of our greatest challenges. Certainly, we can go off the grid and live in the mountains but what happens when we need support? Canada has one of the greatest universal medical systems in the world but if you aren’t contributing to society, you can’t access the supports. This requires either working or running a business of some sort that provides income to yourself and others. Would you believe I want to pay more taxes?
Paying more taxes means that my financial resources are able to meet more of my needs and beyond that to my desires. This also means that I am contributing to assisting those who are less fortunate. Yes, I want to be rich, not poor. I plan to do that through extra effort at business ventures with the potential for increasing my assets and grow me as an individual. That personal growth is worth more than the money.
Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is today. You certainly don’t want to miss out on today before it becomes yesterday. Enjoy every moment while you’re in them, even those moments you are planning for tomorrow.
My friend Randy Taylor from Taylor Made Leadership says to fast forward to the last day of your life and imagine you are watching a movie of your accomplishments. Think about your favourite movies all had great script writers or they wouldn’t work. The script for the movie of your life is yours to make. Will you write your own or will you let someone write script for your destiny?
Reflect on the past while making plans for the future and enjoy every moment along the way.
Make it a great day,
What are you thankful for today?