My composite life plan poster. This was my own design. I was trying to look at all the complexities I’d imagined my life to be: it took up a lot of room and it didn’t really look at the relationships between the facets or the actions I must take.
Sometimes you need to take a good hard look at where you are in life before you tru and figure out where you want to go and how you’ll get there. Example >> This diagram is best described as a community map. (That’s me in the centre.) All the icons and symbols that surround me are pieces of my life and history that dictate:
(1) How can I relate to the outside world? & (2) What am I talking into? (These may be shared experiences, goals, commonality.)
So… here’s my dirty confession: a buddy of mine sent me a life planning kit a few years back. I never cracked it open to see what it was all about. Too many other way more important things to do, right? Well… It’s tailored and action based and a definite upgrade from those self-made lief plans that I’ve tacked to my wall.
See what I mean? I’ve even put little post it notes over sections that call for action. Then, when I’m done: I take them off! Hello, sense of accomplishment, how’ve you been since the last time I procrastinated?
Simillar to the Secret’s vision board, this visual life plan is kind of a cheat sheet that has space to expand. It’s actually the bulletin board it’s sitting on that’s doing most of the work… allowing me to branch out and expand. (You can see the image from My Superhero Surival Guide with a few notes.)
So.. what it all boils down to is this: you need to have a plan if you want to get anywhere in this life. Stay flexible… Heck, you can even tweak it periodically so it accurately reflects what’s most important to you in the present tense.
Remember: life is a work in progress… with any luck, you’ll be in it for the long haul.
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