Why You Need a Life Plan (and how to make one)PeakVentures in Whistler, British Columbia said, “The life plan we created was born out of a necessity to link our business activities and our business plan to our personal life. It helped us gain an understanding of what we wanted out of running this crazy business . . . what motivates us to get up every day and do what we do. Creating a life plan forced us to develop personal goals for areas of our lives that, in some cases, didn’t have any former goals previously.” Ken Kirsch, owner of MAK Design+Build in Davis, CA, added, “I compare it to working with a client. The first thing we ask them to do is to sit down together and write down their goals for the project. The simple act of writing goals is the first step in taking vague and unspoken ideas and bringing them into the real world. The same is true of a life plan.”
Do you have a life plan?Don’t worry, it’s not like a 50-page business plan with maps and checklists. A life plan is meant to be a general summary of where you are now in all the areas that matter to you, where you want to improve and what you’d like your life to look like in the future. Creating a life plan doesn’t have to be difficult or take hours to complete. But it can be worth some time if it helps you get the life you want, instead of chasing the wrong things and working hard, only to find that we have been following the wrong path.
So let’s get startedBegin by answering these questions: 1. How would I like to be remembered? One way to think of this is to visualize your own funeral. Imagine that you are listening to your spouse, your children, work colleagues, and friends, as they share their thoughts about you with all those gathered to say goodbye. A secondary benefit of this exercise is that it helps keep in mind that life is short! 2. How would I rate my life? – Are you satisfied with the way your life is right now? Somewhat satisfied? Not at all satisfied? Be honest. You don’t have to share it with anyone. 3. What are my personal priorities? Many people like to build this around categories that represent areas of importance, such as the bullets below.
- Spiritual Life
- Personal Health
- Personal Happiness