How to Plan a Life

“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.” ~ Business philosopher Jim Rohn


Do you have a life plan?

John Lennon once said, “Life is something that happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” Of course, you can listen to Woody Allen, who famously said: “Half of life is just showing up.”

Per this philosophy, you get ahead simply by being present — a concept that certainly relieves a lot of pressure. It allows you to live in the moment, responding to what is rather than trying to shape your life. It also requires a hefty dose of passivity and abandonment of future possibilities. (Let it be, to quote John Lennon.)

But most of us want to influence the path our life takes to ensure we have enough freedom to express our strengths and talents. We want to control our own destiny when planning for our careers, partnerships and families.

This article suggests using a classic business planning model adapted for personal use, and suggests 7-steps for implementation. 


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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Why Plan Your Life?
  • Craft a Personal Mission Statement
  • 7 Steps to Plan Your Life

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