Starter in Life Planning
A widely accepted starting point of writing a Life Plan begins with you acknowledging the important areas of your life – like family, partner, career, money, etc. This helps you clarify & prioritise the big picture of your life.
For each life area you then write a statement of the Vision, the future you. The write a statement of the Values you abide by – these are your core beliefs. Up next is your ‘Why’ – the reason, or mission. you have that drives you towards your Vision.
Your assessment of your Current Status goes hand-in-hand with your Satisfaction Level in each Life Area.
In writing these you will begin to develop your Self Awareness and begin the journey to shape your own destiny.
Another common approach to writing a Life Plan is to use the services of a life coach, or personal coach. This is a great way to start and advance, by having face-to-face discussions with someone trained in the techniques
This Starter pathway discusses the foundation steps in sequence to help you build a Life Plan.
So what is the point of using Life Areas? Life Areas are a mental starting point for helping us define what is important to us, and help us maintain balance in life. Examples include Family, Fun, Work & Career, Health & Fitness, Spirituality, Wellness, Partner. Some life coaches use building
A Vision Statement is a personal, written statement of what you would like the future to be – the vision of the ideal future you. The benefits of writing Vision Statements, are To help you clarify your thoughts, by actually writing them down To guide you when you are at a loss of what to do next
Your personal Values are at the core of your being, they are what you reference for decision making, in times of stress and daily behaviour. As a result, personal values are often referred to as your “moral compass”. Our values are a fairly fixed reference point (as in, compass) for what
The idea of wanting/needing to know your ‘Why’ has been around since Aristotle times (see articles below). Aristotle argued that all things have a purpose or goal, and the purpose is always to attain some level of good. Note that this is in relation to ‘all things’, not necessarily to personal development and ourselves only. The need to know your Why was
An important factor in making any life plans is knowing what your current situation is – your Current Status. As with every journey, our lives too have a beginning, middle and end. And self assessing where you are on the journey is great for your Self Awareness and life planning. An S-Curve (below) is a popular graphical tool that is used to present the notion of Current
Goal Setting is widely accepted as being the single most important technique for planning & achieving almost anything in life. This acknowledgement and status is due to a number of factors:- Human nature – we all have the mental ability to visualise a future state of the thing we want to change. Goal Setting theory, first defined by
This is the doing part. This is where you actually progress your goals, by doing the practical side of the mental processing that’s been done in all the previous planning steps – the Vision, the Values, the Why, the Goal setting. This is the Action Plan, the To-Do list of your goals. It is the list of tasks, for a particular goal, than
Affirmations are personal statements used to drive a positive mental attitude in ourselves. Best used by repeating often the statement to yourself and frequently writing it down. Based on the premise, ‘you are what you think‘, affirmations are thought to help some people by programming the mind into believing the concept behind the phrase.