Do you sometimes feel as though you are muddling through life without a real plan or direction? Do you take each day as it comes, allowing each day to control you, rather than you embracing all that the day has to give to you? Are you running your life or is your life running you?
I have many friends who seem to be tossed around by life as it happens around them. They are often frustrated, and feel as though their life is steaming ahead, out of control, and they are using all of their energy in an attempt to run and catch up with all that is happening around them. These friends are overwhelmed, tired, frustrated, even depressed. They have no plan. Life happens and they react to it to the best of their abilities.
I often wonder what would happen if these friends of mine did have a plan. Perhaps life would be running alongside them, instead of running them over like a steamroller. Perhaps if they had a plan they would feel in control, as though they were the driver of their “vehicle” of life, instead of feelings as though they are falling out of the passenger seat. There is value in planning.
What type of plans should one have? You may have long or short-term goals – large goals or small goals. Some people include a variety of different hopes, dreams and aspirations in their plans, such as:
- Getting married (by a certain age? date?)
- Having children (how many? when?)
- Buying a home (how long will the mortgage take to pay off)
- Going back to school (what will you study?)
- Getting healthy (will you exercise? lose weight? both?)
- Changing careers (what do you hope to gain? new challenges? inspiration?)
I find that people who are able to articulate some sort of plan for their future are more satisfied with their life in the present. They are not being tossed and turned by daily life because they see their daily life with purpose – a purpose that will drive them towards the fulfillment of their plans, their goals, their dreams.
Today, 345 days ’til 40, I will remember the importance of having a plan and goals for my future. I will not let my present drive me to frustration and distraction. I will appreciate my present, as it is part of my journey to my future.