Like many of you, I realize that planning is a good thing but I never actually completed the many LIFE PLANS I started. Well, that’s about to change. A couple months back, I got a short and sweet life-plan template forwarded to me by a friend. It was a nice thought, but I think that I was having trouble trying to get my head around the enormity of everything that was happening in my life– condensing it down into point-form just wasn’t going to cut it. So… like all diligent tech savy self-helpers, I searched with google and found some pretty amazing free resources online. Our lives are comprised of many facets… an each part of our LIFE reflects our past, present, and future.
- Let’s start by reviewing our LIFE ASPECTS: Personal, Career, Financial, Health & Well-Being, Household, Spirituality, Community, Family, Recreation, and Friendship.
- For each of these categories, I did a google image search to come up with some pictures that would help me define who I am and what I want. (BTW: this is simillar to ‘the Secret’s VISION board.)
- I chose about three or four images that I put in a composite in the centre of a letter sized piece of card stock.
- Then I jotted down any ideas or phrases that came to me. I planted visual seeds for my brainstorming and let the ideas flow freely.
- The next step is to pick the top five areas that you want to work on… That’s where putting things up on the bulletin board really helped: you can’t forget about any element of your life when it’s physically staring you in the face every day. 😉
Getting the life mind map out of obscurity and onto your wall is a very useful tool on your life-planning pilgrimage. It takes time to mull over all the things you want and all the things you don’t want: coming to terms with what’s present for you is not always comfortable but it’s always a great place to start.
Keep up the good work!
Riddled with recurrent episodes of self-discovery and life not fitting quite the way it used to, we are left with one great big mess of ‘I don’t know’; where the life we thought we knew has disappeared. It never really disappears, we just have trouble seeing the forest for the trees. For me, being diagnosed with cancer immediately made me feel alone; like I was the only person in the world who knew how bad it felt to be in my shoes at that particular moment on that particular day… but then I got over myself and my grief and I remembered all that was amazing about everything that I had done before… I dug out an old community mindmap that I created for a leadership course I had taken, a few years back.
So, although this might be a little out-dated, it did the trick… Just because I was sick: it didn’t mean that I didn’t have other things that I could relate to. Everything that I had done for myself and all of my life experience meant that I had a lot in common with the whole world! Let me invite you, for a moment,to grab a blank piece of paper and do some doodling about all the things that interest you, your past experiences (good and bad), and anything else that matters to you. This is a really cool way to take inventory of all that’s amazing about who you are today!