Think of your life as a building project. No architect would attempt to build something without a blueprint, so why would you approach your life plan without one? The details may change over time but it will always remain the building block on which to focus your energies and base your decisions.
The best way to start creating your own blueprint? Take stock of where you are right now. Start by writing down the ten most important categories in your life. They can be career, relationships, spirituality, health, or whatever is important to you.
Next, make two columns next to each category. In the first one, write down where you are right now in your life in that area. Be brutally honest. For the second column, close your eyes and think of where you’d like to be in the three years if no obstacles were in your way. Think hard and big. No idea is too big or impossible and the more uncomfortable or daunting the vision, the better.
Now review the list and rate how difficult it would be to achieve this goal. Use a scale of one to five. If all your scores are low, you’re probably not reaching far enough in your goals and should try the exercise again and this time, reach higher. Interestingly, you may find that some of your biggest dreams really aren’t that hard to attain. Some though, may seem impossible. Don’t worry: simply by thinking frequently about your visions, results will begin to appear, slowly but surely.
Congratulations, you’ve begun the process of creating your own life blueprint. You’ve started with visions and goals that are unique to you and your life. While it may not seem it, that’s the hardest part of creating the life of your dreams. Next comes the process of achieving your goals, keeping the promises you’ve made to yourself and staying motivated — and that is actually easier than you think. So stay tuned as we feature an extraordinary achiever in an upcoming blog.
To your success,
Karim H. Ismail
Author, Keep Any Promise