The categories I’ll be covering are:

Your Spiritual Walk- God comes first. What do you want your relationship with Him to look like? Do you want to be able to give more, serve more, or start a ministry?

Yourself-  Taking care of yourself and your own needs is highly important for you to be able to take care of all the other categories properly.

Your Money-  How you handle money is extremely important to your future and is also closely linked to every other item on the list.

Your Work-  Do you want to work ’till you drop, or retire at 45? Your answer to those questions has a large impact on what your present and your future will look like.

Your Marriage-  How will you feed your marriage so it will stand the test of time?

Your Family- How much quality time are you spending nurturing your family ties?

Your Health-  Are you being proactive in how you take care of your physical health so you can so your future can be as long and productive as possible?

Your Friends-  Are you fostering excellence in your friendships to develop a richer fuller life with people you love and who love you?

Your Legacy-  What will you leave behind when you die? Will the world be a better place because you were here?

Ok, I know this is a lot of ground to cover, so where should you start when it comes to making a solid life plan for yourself?  Probably the best place to begin is with your current reality.

You can start by asking yourself this question:

Where do I stand when it comes to each of these categories? 

If you’re willing to go along for this journey, I’d like you to write down where you currently stand in each of these areas of your life.

(I’ve even put together a handy form for this that you can download and print to get started. As the series progresses, I’ll provide more forms to write down your plans for each area of your life. At the end of the series you should have a complete plan that you can refer back to on a regular basis. Then it’s up to YOU to make it happen!)

As the series unfolds you can then envision what you want the future to look like for each of these areas as you read each article.

Once you’ve gotten your vision of the future together, then answer this question:

“How will I get there?”

Next, come up with
specific tasks
for each area that will effectively move you down the road to your best future. These tasks may take months, years, or even decades to complete.

So go ahead, get started.

The best time to start is now

What are you doing to plan for the future?

Article originally published on Celebrating Financial Freedom. Used with permission.

Dr. Jason Cabler is a Christian personal finance blogger, author, and speaker. He teaches how to get out of debt and live a debt free lifestyle through his Celebrating Financial Freedom blog and self study course. His book How to Budget: The Quick and Easy Guide to Making a Budget That Works is now available. He can be reached for interviews or  speaking engagements by email (jasoncabler@cfinancialfreedom.com) and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Google +.

Publication date: February 20, 2013