Do you know where you’re going in life? Is there even someplace you want to go? No idea how to create a road map for your life?
One of the best ways to create focus and direction in your life is by creating your life plan. A life plan is simply a blueprint for what you want in your life, taking the big picture of your complete life and breaking it down into simpler, easy to accomplish goals.
While it can be as big and complex as you want it to be, I personally find the simpler your life plan is, the easier and faster it is to realize it. So a big tip is while you are creating the blueprint for your life, keep it as simple and defined as possible.
Two elements of your life plan will be:
- Your Vision for your life
- Your Goals for fulfilling your vision
Sometimes, it’s difficult to understand the fundamental difference that separates a vision and a goal. But here’s a way of defining visions and goals that make the most sense and flows with the creative process of life.
The Importance of Having A Vision and Goals
Before we embark on the journey to create our life vision and goals, it helps to understand why we should even have them in the first place.
Why are Visions and Goals so important in the creative process?
Having a Life Vision is important because:
- It provides the template, the mold of what we are going to create and manifest into physical, tangible reality.
- It is in line with the creative process that all things are first created in the invisible before they are manifested into the visible.
- It creates the experience of having the life you want even before you have it.
Having goals are important because:
- They give us stepping stones, milestones in our journey towards the creation of our life vision.
- They give us specific targets to aim for and keep us on track.
- Each goal accomplished is another brick in the creation of your mental image of your life, and when all the bricks are in place, you have effectively created your Life Vision and manifested it into reality.
- Goals give us something to organize our work activities around, a focus for our attention, energy, and skills. They serve as a center for our creative energies and power to be expressed.
Diffused light gives us the ability to see objects and people around us. But when the light is concentrated into a focused laser beam, it can cut through steel like a hot knife through butter.
Having clear, specific goals aligned with your life vision create that same energy and focus on cutting through the obstacles in your life. It accelerates your speed at which you manifest what you want into physical reality.
Defining Your Vision and Goals
Understanding the difference between your Vision and your goals will help simplify the process of creating your life plan. In short, your Vision is the big picture of what you imagine your ultimate life to be and goals are specific targets along the way to the creation of your life Vision.
I’ll explain them in further detail.
What is a Vision?
A vision is the mental creation of your life in your mind where you engage all your senses even before it becomes a physical, tangible reality around you. The mental creation is similar to a 3-dimensional movie that is filled with:
- Places and
where it involves our senses of Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, and Smell. The more senses you can engage in your vision, the more real it becomes to you, the faster the speed at which you realize it.
You can use physical objects and things to trigger off those senses, like pictures of the house or car you want. You can use music to trigger off emotions you want to experience, like joy, excitement or peace.
A vision is something that you have every intention, purpose, and desire to make real in your life. If you don’t, then it’s not a vision. It’s a daydream. 😉
What is a Goal?
A goal is a stepping stone to the fulfillment of your vision. It can be a specific end result that forms part of your big picture, or it can be a milestone on the way to the specific end result. Your goals are the how you are going to realize your vision.
For example, your vision to live a financially free life could be broken down into the following specifics:
- You have an income of $10,000 a month
- You maintain your expenses below $5,000 a month
- You are investing 20% of your income on a regular basis
- Your targeted retirement fund is $4.5 million dollars in 25 years time
- You have set up an automatic repayment plan to fully pay off each and every debt that you owe within the next 5-10 years
- You fully own your own home
- You drive a reliable, dependable and quality car
- You take 2 holidays a year
- You have 5 streams of multiple incomes that generate $5,000 and more a month on a continuous and growing basis
- And any other goals you want.
Putting Your Life Plan Together
One way to make sure you’ve covered the major areas in your life is by defining the categories in which you can create specific goals. Having a full and complete life involves these basic 6 areas:
- Work / Purpose
I’ve included generic, positive-oriented examples of how a life vision might look like.
A life of financial freedom could mean that you own all your assets, have more than enough money coming in each month with surplus cash left over. You have a roof over your head, a car to drive, money for food on the table and for your children’s education. You can buy anything that is required for a healthy, balanced lifestyle for your loved ones and you.
A life of relational joy could mean that you have emotionally rich relationships with your family and friends. You enjoy good relationships with the important people in your life.
A life of intellectual satisfaction and growth could mean that you continue to expand your knowledge bank of ideas, concepts and practical steps to improving yourself and developing your skill sets. You continue to learn and grow on a continual and regular basis to become better each day.
A life of spirituality could mean that you feel a sense of connection to the divine energy and life that is in everything and everyone. You enjoy a sense of inner peace, radiant joy and a contentment with who you are and where you are right now in your life. At the same time, you know and understand that you will continue to evolve and grow as a soul and as a person through your journey in life.
A life of physical completeness would mean that you are strong, healthy and fit. You have a strong body that allows you to engage in sports and activities that you want. At the same time, you are healthy which goes beyond having just a strong body, but one that will serve you well for your lifetime.
A life of purpose would mean the expression of your talents in and abilities in the area of your passion. You use the knowledge, skills, and processes that you’ve learned and developed to create a better life for your loved ones and you.
All these 6 elements combine with each other to create the vision of your life. The clearer and more vivid you are able to see the vision of your life in your mind, the more powerful it is.
It can be so real until it feels like you are already living it! Which, of course, is the whole idea.
Creating your Life Plan is a process of defining the specific elements that go together to build the vision you have in your mind. As you complete each goal, you build another brick into the foundation of the life that you have created in your mind.
Exercises for Creating Your Life Plan
Your life plan will consist of the two elements of your vision and your goals. To help you develop your life plan, you can use the following exercises.
Exercise to Create your Vision:
Imagine what your Perfect life is like in each of the specific areas:
- Work / Purpose
Write it down on paper, in point form, using words that you can relate to and understand. More important than the process of writing is the:
- Clarity of your mental 3D “movie” and
- Emotions that you feel when you create your vision.
Create something that you really want to have, with the full intention and purpose of actually having it. Otherwise, you’re just a day-dreamer who will only ever enjoy your life vision in your mind. So whatever you create, it must come with the intention and purpose to actually have it.
If you feel that you can’t have what you really want:
There are two reasons why you feel you can’t have what you really want:
- You don’t really want it
- You don’t think it’s possible for you
If it’s something that you don’t really want, then don’t waste energy “wanting” it just because people tell you that you should “want” it.
Find out what you really want through your process of journaling and self-understanding. Then when you know what you really want, the energy, desire, and motivation will automatically flow for you.
If it’s something that you really want, but you feel that it’s not possible for you. This is very likely due to internal beliefs and conclusions about past experiences in your life. The unconscious beliefs that you have are the invisible barriers in your mind that hinder your action, cause you doubt and make you unsure of yourself.
It simply means that you have some work to do on your internal environment to align it with the true reality of life, nature, and abundance. This is where it might help you to keep a journal to understand what’s blocking you, and how you can re-create that belief into something constructive and allows the possibility of what you want to happen in your life.
But for now, you can start the process by asking yourself:
“If I could have anything, be anything, or do anything, I would…(fill in the blanks)…”
Exercise to Create Your Goals:
Once you have your life vision, determine which is the most important aspect of your life vision that you want to work on first. For illustration, the generic example I used was:
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Break it down into specifics like:
- Exactly how much income a month
- What kind of house
- Bank Accounts
- Investment Accounts
- Investment Properties, businesses, etc
These specifics become your goals. When you’ve accomplished them, you know that you’ve accomplished them. There aren’t any ambiguities or “maybe’s” associated with goals. They are clear, definite and specific. If it helps, you can set dates for which you want these goals to be accomplished.
It’s more important to focus on goals that have the most impact on the creation of your vision. Initially, you might want to write down as many goals as you can think of, but once you have cleared your mind on paper, you have to be brutally ruthless to trash goals which aren’t what you really want.
Go for the cake first, not the icing. Once you have the cake, you have something to put the icing on.
If the goal is something you want, but it’s not an important or crucial goal, then have a specific place where you can stash that goal away for a time when you can look at it. It’ll help clear your mind when you know you have written it down in a place where you can find it.
Once you’ve completed your exercise of mental creation and writing it down on paper, the next step would be to prioritize your goals in terms of importance and urgency so you can take action to make them real.