If you already have a plan for personal growth, you know why I’ve decided to focus on this: the tremendous benefits that come from knowing both your destination and how you plan to get there.
What’s a Life Plan?
If you don’t have a Life Plan, to get oriented to what I’m talking about, think about all the smaller plans that you already have experience with:
- directions for getting to important meetings
- a financial strategy to prepare for retirement
- a syllabus for taking a class
- instructions for putting together a piece of furniture
The fact is, we’ve all benefited from having a plan in at least some circumstances.
But many of us, for one reason or another, just don’t have a plan for the big picture: the core convictions of our life, a huge vision that makes our heart beat with excitement, and the principles and values that we stand by no matter what.
Of course we can all ‘get through it’ from time to time, whether it is finishing a boring class or driving to an unfamiliar location. But when you’re talking about your life, winging it just isn’t good enough.
To make the most of life, you need to have some clarity about what you want and how you plan to live your life to the full.
Obstacles to a Life Plan
So why don’t you have a personal life plan? From my experience of coaching dozens of students to develop a personal life plan, there are a number of big obstacles that might have kept you from establishing – and more importantly, using – a life plan.
From your personal history to your temperament, from your fears and anxieties to a concern that a life plan is unspiritual, there are many good reasons why you might not yet have made a life plan.
Whatever obstacles you’ve encountered so far, this blog series is designed to motivate and empower you to develop a robust plan for your everyday life. By the end of this series, if you put in the necessary work, you should have much more clarity about where you’re headed – and why.
Not Just Personal Fulfillment
But I want to be clear: for this to really work, this process actually can’t be about personal fulfillment, because the best life plans involve reflection on giving your life to God, serving your neighbor, and contributing to the common good. We’ll get into more of that later, but for now, as you read through this blog series, remember to keep in mind the needs of those around you.
The full series can be found at the Determining Purpose page.
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