When you think about the future, what do you see?

Do you see a clear picture of what you want the future to look like? Or do you see a amorphous vision, only a general idea of what you’d like it to be?

I believe most all of us ponder and dream about the future on a regular basis. But how many of us have a clear life plan, a vision even, of what we want our future to look like?

Even more, do you have a written life plan, and are you taking specific action toward shaping the future that you want for yourself? Are you actually making your future what you want it to be?

If the answer is no, there are steps you can take to start bringing your nebulous vision of your future self into laser sharp focus.

Of course, I certainly realize that you can’t fully predict every aspect of what the future will look like for you.

Sometimes God has other plans.

Life can certainly throw you some curveballs over the years that will change everything, such as sickness, disaster, job loss, loss of a spouse, etc. When those things happen, you have to make an effort alter your plans and your mindset as well.

When you don’t have a plan for moving forward in life, it’s easy to end up twisting in the wind, never moving in any particular direction, and certainly not moving forward toward a great future.

But if you have a life plan in place for those things that are important to you, your plan will enable you to focus on where you’re going, where you want to be, and how you’ll get there. Then when the inevitable curveball happens, you can much more easily alter your path as needed, and proceed toward you best future with less confusion.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope…” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Take Time Out to Plan for the Future

When you’re actively making your plans for the future, it’s always a great idea to specifically set aside time to reflect on what you want out of life. You may want to take a day, or even a few days to put together a life plan and get it on paper. Take the time to really be considerate of your plans, write it down, and periodically review those plans to keep up with the evolving day to day realities of your life. You may feel the need to review your plans once a year, every quarter, or even as often as once a month, and make adjustments to your life plan as necessary.

Two Great Resources

You can find a more complete and detailed approach in a great ebook by Michael Hyatt titled “Creating Your Personal Life Plan.” You can get if for free by subscribing to his blog.

I also recommend “Blueprint for Life” - an excellent and very thorough self study course that I’ve taken in the past that takes you step by step through putting together your own life plan.

Nine Areas to Plan for the Future

In this ”How to Make Your Own Life Plan” series of articles I’ll be covering 9 major areas of your life that are important to living a full and fulfilling life that is intentional, on purpose, and has a lasting effect on the world.