When I hear people talk about how they are unsure of how to plan for the upcoming year I sometimes think of the ancient explorers.
Let’s say an explorer wants to reach China from North America by ship in 5 years – remember, ancient explorers – no airplanes. It doesn’t happen in one step. It’s incremental.
So for this year let’s just focus on getting to Hawaii. It’s at least in the right direction of China – Hawaii becomes a ‘building block’ to landing in China.
It’s a simple and straight-forward concept and yet it never ceases to amaze me how many people miss this get it and decide to have short range plans or no plans at all.
A little thought and a little design could be a significant building block towards the future they want.
Here’s what I usually recommend: A 1-year, 5-year and 20-year plan.
The 20-year plan is naturally vague. No one has a crystal ball. It’s more of a guidepost. The 5-year plan is a reachable goal and the 1-year plan is the building block towards the 5 year plan. Simple.
If you have some idea of where you want to be in 5 years, and most people can think their way to that, then this coming year could be a major building block towards that.
Naturally what flows out of that plan are the priorities set by the future that you want rather than the demands of life that stare us all in the face: emails, to-do lists, someone else’s priorities, etc.
That’s where crafting and designing your year comes into play – to help remind you where you’re headed.
Using goals as guideposts can be a profound way to live the year and build the confidence that comes with feeling on track.
It’s about being proactive instead of reactive, guided by something beyond what you can see in the next year. Rather, guided by your dream of where you want to be down the road.
Very powerful stuff!
Are you confident that this year will serve as your building block to the future you really want?