What’s Your Plan?

July 2023 Mentee Newsletter

Everything that becomes significant requires a plan, a draft, a forethought. Can you imagine a home being built without planning the layout, taking measurements, choosing the materials, or creating schematics to map electrical and plumbing? Much effort and investment in time and thought is required to bring about the construction of a home. To do otherwise would be disastrous. No one can slap together a home without a plan, and if you tried, you would create something far less useful and valuable.

As human beings, we are the ultimate creation on the face of the earth. We are of ultimate significance, reaching our potential cannot be left to chance. Our lives cannot be slapped together and hope that something good comes from little sacrifice or investment. That neglect can be disastrous, just as a house without blueprints, without a plan. 

What is the plan for your life? If you don’t have one, begin now and take the time to consider that plan and consider your choices. Your choices will  show you how your plan is going. 

Start with the end in mind, what do you truly want and hope for?  What kind of person do you want to be? What do you wish to see for yourself in 5 or 10 years? From there,  work backwards. Put that plan into place and do the things that will lead towards the accomplishment of that plan. Begin the intentional process to make your life something better; moving towards those things you have identified as the goals and characteristics you want in yourself and your life. 

If you hope that someday you can own a home, consider the steps it will require to move deliberately and slowly towards that goal. Here are some possible ideas:

  1. Get out of debt. Manage spending more wisely. Save money each month. Sacrifice buying things that you can go without. 
  2. Secure a decent paying job. Develop a skill set, get an education in a field that would set you above the average employee. Invest in that time of education or skill building so that doors will open in the future.
  3. Take care of yourself physically so you can present yourself well. Avoid foods and substances that drain your energy, stamina, and will power. Get good sleep each night so you awake rested and ready to attack the day. 

These are just a few ideas for steps in a plan to accomplish a goal. Take the time to plan your life. Life can be purposeful, and your talents and contribution to the world are needed. Resist the thought that your life doesn’t matter. We are here for a reason, we have a purpose. The world needs what you have to give and you are the world to those closest to you. Your life brings a ripple effect on all around you. 

A purposeful, fulfilling life won’t just land on your lap. It is fought for, day by day, it is created, one choice at a time. Make a plan and align your choices to accomplish that plan. When hard times come, and they will, don’t let that derail your plan. Pick yourself up, keep going, be intentional moving towards that plan. Have the courage to change those choices that lead you away from that plan.

Your life cannot be slapped together in a moment. Make a plan, work backwards, choose that plan every day, choice by choice. Your life is worth it!