“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? NOT MUCH.”
If I ever need to capture something in an impactful way then chances are Jim Rohn has a quote that does just that.
Rarely do I come across people who rubbish the idea of having a plan if they want to achieve something. However it’s one thing to recognise the importance of planning – it’s great to have good intentions about planning – but it’s another thing entirely to create and implement a workable plan.
Are you aware that if you don’t have a plan you are probably a part of someone else’s plan? And that plan might not be the best one for you!
Look at the examples below, do they trigger anything within you…?
- If you don’t have your own financial plan you become part of Visa and Mastercard’s financial plan, because they’ve got a plan. Or you become a part of Debenham’s, or Next’s or Curry’s or Amazon’s plan, because they have got a well worked out plan.
- If you don’t have a positive reading plan you’ll become a part of the plan The Daily Mail, Hello, Esquire, House Beautiful or Topcar have to increase their readership.
- If you don’t have a plan to carve out time to spend in solitude – thinking, meditating and reflecting – then you will become a part of the plan Sky TV, BBC2, Coronation St and Countdown have to increase the number of viewers they attract.
Then, in 10 years’ time you’ll wonder why you are in so much debt, under so much pressure and working such long hours. Why you don’t have time for the important things in life? In other words, why have you drifted so far away from where you should be financially, spiritually, emotionally and physically?
Life won’t have gone according to your plan because you didn’t have one. Life will have gone according to someone else’s plan!
“Everyone ends up somewhere but very few end up somewhere on purpose.”
Have you set time aside to create your lifeplan?
I split my life into four quadrants –
Have a think of where you are in these four areas. The next blog will explore this further.
For the meantime, take time to think…
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