This is the sixth article in a series of articles on creating a life plan. In the first article we answered the question, what is a life plan? In the second article, we answered the question, why do you want a life plan? In the third article we answered the question, when, where, and how do you complete your life plan? In the fourth article you defined your roles in life. In the last article you developed your desired outcome for each of your roles. In this article you will develop action plans for each or your desired outcomes. In future articles you will complete your life plan, and you will learn how to use your life plan once you have created it. Subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss a single issue of this series.
You have come a long way, pat yourself on the back for working through the process of creating your life plan. This process is not easy, but in the end, you will be rewarded with a plan to the life you have always wanted.
By now you know where you are and where you want to be. In this step, you will begin to develop the action plans that will help you create the life plan that you need to reach your desired outcomes. These action steps will begin to transform your Life Plan from a self-assessment into real plan.
With any life plan, you should not only know your final destination, but you should also create milestones along the way. These milestones will help you stay on track, and they will help you know if you are on the right path to your destination.
You create these milestones by breaking your long-term desired outcome into short-term actions. What do you want to achieve this year? What do you want to achieve this month? What do you want to achieve today? Today, we will create long-term action plans for each of our roles. The goal of these action plans is to answer the question, what do we want to achieve this year? These actions plans will help move you move from where you are to where you want to be. You will be able to add more specific detail later.
The question you should attempt to answer here is: What specific actions do I need to take this year to reach my desired outcomes? The more specific you can be about each action the greater chance you have of completing it. You should try to create 3-5 action steps for each goal.
Here is what I came up with up with for my desired life plan outcome of being a Godly father to Sarah:
- Pray for her current and future needs.
I will pray with her and for her daily
- Focus on discipling her so that she can become the woman that God created her to be.
We will attend Church weekly as a family
I will encourage her to become an active member of the youth group at our Church.
We will have a weekly family Bible Study.
- Spend time with her having fun.
We will plan a regular monthly date day/night and rotate who gets to choose what we do.
We will spend weekly time together as a family
- Spend time serving others together
We will serve together monthly as a family.
We will take one short-term mission trip this year.
These should be more specific, but you get the idea. Now you try it! Create 3-5 actions for your first role. What will it take for you to move from where you are to where you want to be. What are 3-5 specific actions, that will help you achieve your goals for this role. Got them? Ok, write them down. If you can only think of 1-2 action steps that is ok. The important thing is that you have at least one step to help you move forward towards each goal.
Your homework is to complete the process for the rest of your roles. Again, you should try to come up with 3-5 actions for each desired outcome, and is important that you have at least one action for each role.
Comment below and let us know how this life plan process is working for you. What is working well? Where are you struggling? How can we help?
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