Before I started Trailbound I was pretty lost. I had a good job that I didn’t love and every time I told someone I didn’t love my job I got the response “well no one loves their job”. I could never accept this. It just didn’t make any sense to me. How can you expect me to get up in the morning and put energy into something for years and years that I don’t even care about? It didn’t work for me. I knew that I needed to be excited about my work.
I heard about this thing called life planning. I read a lot of books and did a ton of research and if I’m honest it took me several years to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. But now I look at my life plan daily. It’s my rock in creating my dream life.
Here’s 10 things that you should include in your life plan: AND you might want to grab some paper and pen and answer some of the questions while you read….
1. What you loved to do as a child.
The things we loved to do as children show us who we are at our core. These activities will always be meaningful to us because they helped define the person you are today. They are usually things that are incredibly meaningful and belong in our long term plans.
2. What you want to be remembered for.
Imagine for a moment that you are attending your own funeral. What do you want people to say about you? What do you want them to remember about you? What will they miss from you? These questions help you figure out what you want to leave behind on this world…kind of what you want your legacy to be.
3. What is most important to you in this world.
Whether it is traveling the world, your cat, owning a home, hiking 3 months out of the year, spending time with family, etc. Write it all down because you’ll definitely want all of these things in your life plan.
4. Your ideal day, week and year.
If your finances weren’t an issue, how would you spend a typical day, week and year? How much would you work? Where would you go? What would you do? Who would be there with you? Where would you live? And most importantly, why are the answers to these questions meaningful to you? If you say you’d travel to Italy. Why Italy? What is it about Italy that has deep meaning for you? What will you do there? What’s meaningful about that? Really dig in here and get the answers to the tough questions. 🙂
5. Your current day, week and year.
Include what your life currently looks like. Include as many details as you can think of. This helps you visually compare where you are and where you want to go.
6. What you love to do.
What makes you forget to eat and forget to pee? Describe your favorite hobbies and pastimes. How do you love to spend your time? Who do you love being around?
7. Your bucket list.
What did you dream of doing since you were a child? What wild things have you thought of but haven’t done yet? There are no limits here. You go get that tree tattooed on your back damnit!
8. Your ideal work life.
How would you help people? What would your schedule look like? How much would you work? Why is this work important to you? How is it meaningful to who you are and who you want to be? Does it fit in with what you want to be remembered for in Question 2?
9. Your life design statement.
Create a statement (or a few sentences) that describes your dream life. Make it be something that lights a fire in your heart. You should feel slightly terrified and very excited as you read it.
10. Your life design vision.
Draw a picture, create a vision board and use your imagination to visualize your life design statement. Really visualize it because all that excitement and motivation you get from your vision will be what carries you over the obstacles you’ll face.
Creating your life plan is a life changing experience. I don’t know why they don’t teach you this in school. I probably could’ve saved like $30,000 in tuition costs if I knew about how to create a life plan while I was in college. I guess it’s never too late to change your life.
Let me know how it goes and what was challenging or easy for you about competing this process.
It never ceases to amaze me that life planning is not a thing. We have all of these life planners and life binders to organize our existing lives but there’s nothing for designing and organizing our future lives. What the F? Do we not need to design a future for ourselves? How can we know where we are headed if we haven’t decided?
Here’s how to start creating your future life plan:
1. Start dreaming for your life plan
The only way to have the energy and motivation necessary to transition your life is to get so excited about where you’re headed that nothing can stop you. Not money, not sleep not even This Is Us. Grab a piece of paper and start writing down all the things you’ve ever wanted to do. Write down all the things that you love doing. Write down what you want the world to remember you for. Don’t stop writing until you are really starting to feel excitement in your bones.
2. Visualize the life plan
Draw a picture, create a vision board and just live with your dream for a week or two. Keep coming back to that excited feeling and let the excitement build. Try not to judge yourself and do not think about any obstacles yet. Just focus on the dream and believing it will come true.
3. Brainstorm obstacles to your plan
Make a list of all the obstacles you see getting in your way. Really rack your brain and write down every detail you are worried about. Then go through each obstacle one by one and start brainstorming as many ways as you can think of to overcome that obstacle.
Normally my clients will include some type of financial constraint in their obstacles list. The financial concerns tend to be the biggest worry of all the obstacles. Some of the ways that I have seen people overcome their financial obstacles are:
-sell their car and get a cheaper car or ride their bike
-sell unused household items
-start an online passive income business
-move to a smaller house
-move to a house in a close neighboring city
-simplify their spending
-creating a value based budget
-cut back on eating out
-cancelling cable tv
-getting a prepaid cellphone
-asking for a raise
-restructuring existing assets and debts to support the clients dreams
-sell their home
-refinancing student loans
There is an endless list for overcoming financial obstacles. No matter what your financial situation is there is always something you can do.
5. Action steps to support the life plan
Write out a timeline for goals and add dates! Hold yourself accountable to these dates. Don’t put your dreams on the back burner. You must make time to work on your goals and make them a priority. If you need help getting motivated, figuring out your dream or reconfiguring your financial situation, seek out a certified life planner better to find someone with a background in Finance who can help you with the process from start to finish.
6. Stay motivated and get moving on your goals
If you get swamped in the details or overwhelmed by the magnitude of your dream, you can always return to your vision. Add to your vision board or draw a picture for yourself. Forget about all of the obstacles and go back to living with the vision of your dream.
Life is way too short to be spent in an office 40 hours a week. Find your balance between work a life. Design a lifestyle that works for you. There is no law that says you just spent 40 hours per week at a desk. Find a balance that works for you and get after it. The time to follow your dreams is today. Get it gurrrl!