Most of us make a plan for the future while we are young and living in the bubble. In fact, ninety-five out of hundred people make them by the age of 25. However, only five people out of ninety-five achieve their plan by the age of 65. And the rest, they quit and end like those five who didn’t have an idea at all.
Now how, and why does that happen?
We live in the world where we are protected by the age of 25, or by the time we get out of the college. Until then we are safe and secure, and our future seems bright. Everything until then is smooth and comfortable no matter how much we like to think it is hard. Then after we get out of school and go into the real world, slowly and gradually all of our dreams fade away.
The answer can be found in the fact that we conform. When life gets a little bit harder we tend to throw our aims, and we follow the person in front of us, following, therefore, their plans. Forgetting all about our plan and what we wanted for our future.
That is why 95% of our world’s population is living the same life. They all get up at the same time, got to an equal (9-5) job, drive the same car, pay the same mortgage, take the same vacation, etc.
Sadly over 95% of people go through life and never realize that they can be one of that 5 %. Those 5 out of the 100 who succeed, they succeed thanks to one simple fact!
They Turn Their Future Plan Into a Goal
There you go. It is the only answer you will ever need to learn how to make a plan for the future.
Set a goal and stick to it no matter what people around you are going to say. We tend to drop our belief in our goals and plans as soon as someone tries to convince us that it is impossible. That person was convinced that his idea is faulty and that he or she should conform to the rest of the society. And sadly he does so.
You see, a plan is a good thing to have, and we should defend it no matter what is happening around you. However, if you don’t back your idea with a goal or even better many goals, your plan is worthless.
In a nutshell, the plan is nothing but an idea in our mind, a wish, a dream. How many time you have heard someone saying “Oh! I got a plan! I am going to do this or that.”; and then they never did it. The idea or a plan can be realized only by translating it into a goal. Goals are the cornerstone, and goals are power, goals are steps to the success in any planning.
I convinced myself many times in the weakness of plans if concrete goals do not support them. Every time I failed in my planning I thought it was because my idea was not good enough. Once I learned how to set goals, and how to stick to my goals until I turn them into a fact, I changed my whole plan for the future. Moreover, I manage to un-conform!
If we are not taught in our youth how to set goals, we will eventually conform with the rest of the goalless society (95%), and we will blindly follow the faulty system.
However, if you are one of that 5 % who has already your goal set, turning it into a plan is a simple procedure.
How to Make a Plan For Your Goal?
You will realize – if not already – that plans and goals are in correlation, and that one without the other cannot exist. The process of creating a plan for your goal is straightforward.
I assume you have a major goal in life. All you have to do is to think about your goal and break it into a few smaller goals. To do so, you ask your self few questions like how, why, when, and where?
I use this technique every time I want to make a plan for my future. Whether it is a monthly plan, a year-long or even a life-long project, the procedure is the same.
Don’t get stressed if you don’t know your answers from the first moment. Instead, try to relax and only think about your goal. You will be amazed how fast they arrive! And when they appear, they will come to you in the form of a flash, a hunch, or idea, in your mind! All you have to do is to be brave enough to ask a question and then follow your answer.
The Ghosts of Your Dreams, Your Plans, and Ideas
The first time I recognized that I have to make some goals and plans for my future was when I heard this speech compilation. It still gives me goosebumps, and I like to listen to it from time to time to push myself forward.
Less Brown’s famous speech about ghosts of the past is at 4:40min of the video. Make sure you listen to it in full. Those six minutes can alter your life.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,