Life Planning – 4 Steps To Plan A Great Future

Life Planning – 4 Steps To Plan A Great Future


In this video, we are going to discuss life
planning and give you a four-step process that will help you plan your life. You are the biggest and most important project
you are ever going to work on. With every decision and action you take each
day, you are deciding whether you will live a life filled with abundant happiness or misery. Think about it, we are bound by restrains
such as time, money, will-power and resources. However, many of us go through life without
an agenda, take for instance Jonathan here. After graduating from high school, Jonathan,
decided to take a gap year, to try and figure things out in his life… He would often sit at home, watching TV, or
reading a couple magazines here and there. This went on for quite a while. And when Jonathan’s parents noticed that
their son was wasting his days doing nothing, they offered him a job at their local supermarket,
he gladly accepted. After some time, his parents kept insisting
that he should go to university, and they kept insisting and insisting. Eventually after consistent nagging from his
folks, young Jonathan caved-in and decided to go to university. He chose to study business and hopefully,
do something meaningful with his life. Jonathan never really had a plan for his life
after university, and the only reason why he went to university was to please his nagging
parents. After graduating from university, Jonathan
had no immediate plans to join a company. So he decided to work as a bartender, while
he thought of something to do with his life. But Jonathan was never in a hurry. Days rolled by which turned into months and
eventually years as he lived in the same tiny apartment, while working as a bartender. He loved his job, and he enjoyed being in
the company of strangers, serving them drinks and sharing stories. Jonathan honestly thought he would work there
for the rest of his life, serving drinks and meeting new people. But five years down the line, the bar that
he worked in, and loved so much closed down. He tried finding another job, and got hired
in a couple places, but he never truly felt at piece in any of them. Working a 9 to 5, every day, sitting in a
cubical, doing mundane tasks, wasn’t the life he wanted to live. So he would often quit these jobs. He tried getting another bartending job, but
nobody would hire him! The economy wasn’t doing so well, and bartending
jobs were few and far between. Since then, Jonathan has decided to wallow
in misery and not do anything but drink his life away. At 30 years old, Jonathan is beginning to
feel the pressure of life weigh down on him. Most of his friends already have jobs and
are working towards paying off their college debts and building meaningful relationships. He has no money to clear his bills and his
landlord has issued several eviction notices. The utility companies won’t stop calling
either. Interestingly, Jonathan has chosen to blame
life for his misfortunes saying that it is not his fault things are not working out. His friends are already used to hearing him
say; “Why is this happening to me?” “why is life punishing me?” “what did I do wrong? I mean, I’m a nice guy… kinda”
“life isn’t fare!” One of his friends, Robert, tried to help
him get another job which Jonathan turned down saying it wasn’t his vibe. Robert gave up when he realized that Jonathan
has no vision for his life. Perhaps you have a Jonathan around you, or
have met a Jonathan, someone who is constantly complaining, not planning ahead or refusing
help. While perhaps you cannot do much to help Jonathan,
you can do so much more to avoid turning into Jonathan by simply having a plan. Life planning is important. It is a map that provides direction and reminds
you where you are headed. It is easy to sit and imagine your future
self, prospering, with enough money and wealth to sustain your lifestyle for years. However, without a solid plan to get there,
you might deviate from the main path and waste your energy on pointless ventures. Save yourself the headache and plan your life! In this video, we are going to discuss life
planning and how it could help you grow and make the best out of your life. Just like making plans to buy a car or pay
off your student loans, your life requires a solid, well-detailed and written plan which
you can adhere to and make changes to whenever necessary. Step 1: Create a List of Interests
Imagine life as a sea with numerous islands to be explored, each offering a variety of
experiences. One island may provide you with college education,
while another provides you with knowledge in ancient pottery. Another will give you music while another
equips you with managerial skills. The reason you should write down a list of
interests is because your entire existence cannot be restrained to one island of interests. Perhaps you want to be in an island that allows
you to be a CEO of a marketing company, while lecturing at the local community college and
build custom furniture over the weekend in your garage. Is this possible? Absolutely. You see, we all have a variety of interests
which we can exercise simultaneously. Creating this list of interests keep your
options open for all the ideas you can explore in your life time. While creating this list, remember to be as
curious as a child. Constantly asking questions and tearing down
appliances in the house to find answers. Be as wild as you can be with this list and
make it extremely personal. It should be about the things you are genuinely
curious about. Do you want to sign up for dance class, cook,
learn French, or go back to teach Physics? Write it all down. Create a separate bucket list too to keep
it exciting. After you have prepared you extensive list,
move to the next step. Step 2: Carry out your Research
Successful projects are based on sound research and your life should too. Research allows you to see the bigger picture
without having to go through it. A wise man once said that the future exists
now, in scattered patterns. This simply means that there are people around
you who have pursued the path you desire to take. For instance, if you plan to pursue dancing,
there are numerous dance coaches you can talk to and find out where to begin. If you want to start racing cars, there are
numerous drivers out there who will tell you what it takes. Engage people in conversations and listen
to their perspectives and advice. This will help you gauge if you have the requisite
resources to pursue an idea. It will also help you prepare for the future. For example, if your plan includes being a
manager at your company, then you need to observe the hierarchy ahead of you, know what
is takes to move up and eventually become a manager. While you may not line up every step you need
to take to become a manager, you can certainly plan to improve your presence in the work
place, learn how to manage teams and also pitch ideas during meetings and make yourself
resourceful to the company. Step 3: Break Down Your Goals into Habits
Success happens at the habit level. Planning a bright and happy future is exciting
and you can get lost in the joy of it and forget to break it down into actionable steps. Imagine you are a writer and your goals are
a topic. However, to get to the goal, you need subtopics
which will dictate the body of you work. This means that if you goal is to lose weight,
then your daily plan should include a diet plan with the specific amount of calories
you intend to consume and the exercises you plan to do daily. If you goal is to write a book, then your
plan should include strategies to write 2000 words every week, or perhaps, 100 words every
day after getting up. The question to ask yourself at this point
is, what habits do you need to develop to achieve your goal? Apply the rule of working in threes and develop
three habits per goal. For example, if my goal is to create more
and better YouTube videos, the following are the habits that I may incorporate into my
daily routine: • Check and summarize what is happening
every day especially in relation to my YouTube content
• To review all comments and jot down the requests for more information
• To write down a rough idea, which I don’t even have to implement, depending on the information
I have acquired. By having these three steps, I can find information
without trying to squeeze my creativity into one day of the week. Developing habits is practical because we
are creatures of habit. Most importantly, habits are specific and
therefore easier to achieve than vague generalized goals. Step 4: Implement, Review and Sift
Once you have defined your habits, all that is left is to implement them. Implementing your habits requires discipline
which you will develop if you stay true to the plan. However, perfect plans do not exist which
means that you should schedule in time to constantly review your actions and determine
if they are yielding desired results. As you review the activities over several
days or weeks, be sure to note down the problems you face. Perhaps you feel overworked by trying to juggle
too much. That is a sign that you should drop one of
your activities until you have adequate time. Reviewing your life will also help you look
out for problems beyond your control and take measures to quit worrying about them. While reviewing your life, you will also find
that some habits are worth sifting. It may be difficult to drop certain habits
but you will have more energy for important aspects of your life when you do. So take time, review and sift. Lay down the unimportant things and replace
toxic habits with beneficial ones. Remember to also stay flexible and be open
to other ideas you might find along the way that can support you in the future. All in all, enjoy planning your life because
failing to plan is planning to fail. Thank you guys so much for watching! Please share the video with a friend or two,
and leave your thoughts below. With that said, I will see you all in the
next one.

46 thoughts on “Life Planning – 4 Steps To Plan A Great Future

  1. Life planning is something that is more important than most people think, but unfortunately i literally no nobody apart from myself who does this. Thanks for the content hopefully it helps people to take more control over their life's direction.

  2. Having a variety of interest or jobs was the answer to my long search for the perfect career and endless research.Thanks for the concise and helpful information, and keep the good work up.

  3. 1. Write out a list if interests. Imagine several 'islands' (one will provide education, another health benefits, etc.
    2. Do Your Research
    3. (Missed, look in Replied Comment)
    4. Implement and Review

  4. some NOTES here

    1. CREATE A LIST OF INTERESTS: You should do that because your entire existence cannot be restrained to one thing of interests. We all have a variety of interests which we can exercise simultaneously. All these things should you once you genuinely care about.
    2. CARRY OUT YOUR RESEARCH: It allows you to see the bigger picture without having to go through it. Let’s say you want to be manager of the company then start noticing managers & learn from them eventually.
    3. BREAK DOWN GOALS INTO HABITS: Let’s say your goal is to write a book then you should writing about hundred words per day. Ask yourself what habits do you need to develop to achieve your goal
    4. IMPLEMENT, REVIEW AND SIFT: Implementing habits require discipline, you will develop if you stay true to the plan however perfect plan don’t exist. Hence review your activities regularly to stay on track. Take time review and sift.

    My passion is to share summaries like started doing it on my channel with PDF summaries ✌
    Alright, I will see you later. Going to plan my future 😜

  5. I enjoyed this video and shared it with my entire family. It’s a great time now since we’re close to the end of the year. 😊

  6. Lessons learned: willpower is not enough to tide you through difficult challenges on the road to success. Powerful habits need to be learned to automate the process of carrying out plans.

  7. superb video! Rather than brainstorming about this, I let an investment advisor handle my retirement plan. She's really doing a great job in the financial market and outcome is great. I'm already a house owner with over $300,000 in savings

  8. This assumes that you have a list of interests that you could turn into a career. If you have no idea what you want to do, no specific hobbies or skills, this does not help!

  9. Your painting Jonathan in a bad light. In the beginning of the story it sounded like his plan was to work at the bar until he retired. He was happy, making money, and had no debt. Sounds amazing if you ask me. It wasn't his fault that his place got shut down. At that point, Jonathan was winning. The only thing is after the bar he was working at got shut down, he should've tried to get another bartender job until he found one, or try to own a bar of his own. He found out what he loved and didn't pursue it, that's the real problem

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  11. Jonathan doesn't realize just how good his life is. Single, college degree, supportive parents, healthy, debt free (minus college), English speaking, American citizen

  12. Why is buying a car on the "life list"? More like financing a car. I have two, older reliable vehicles that each serve a purpose. It's a amazing what you can experience if you live life simply but with purpose. Like taking 11 weeks off this summer and having 3 different awesome road trips.

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