“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
– Winston Churchill
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have dreams?
- Do you have goals?
- Do you know where you are going?
- Do you know how you are going to get there?
- Where do you see yourself in a year?
- Where do you see yourself in three years?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In my experience, when I have planned out what I wanted to accomplish, I have achieved what I set out to do. When I did not have a plan, I accomplished much less.
Basically, if you do not know where you are going, it does not really matter which way you go. If you do know where you want to go, having a plan is the best way to get there.
Now, if you have hopes and dreams, but are not sure which way to go, a personal development plan will help you figure that out and help you get there.
Saying and thinking it is not enough!
In case you did not know, writing down your goals has a measurable effect on increasing your success. Writing down your goals and the plan on how to achieve those goals has even better results. There is even research to back up the theory:
Gail Matthews Written Goal Study Dominican University
Having research to back up these thoughts is nice, but I am a big believer in doing what I have personally experienced and had success doing.
Here is a simple Ten Year Plan Template I put together. If you print it out, there is not a lot of room to write, but it will at least give you an idea where to start. If you would like the original Microsoft Word file, Contact Me and I will send you a copy.
Keep in mind this is not something you fill out in five minutes. You need to take your time and really think about what you want and how you are going to get it.
I keep my goals short and simple. Keeping them short and simple means they are easier for me to remember and easier to remember the plan. Once I filled out my plan, I printed it out and put copies on the wall behind my computer monitor and on the bathroom mirror. Two places I see every day, multiple time a day. This way I am constantly reminded where I am headed and why I am going. Having a purpose and the vision to reach my goals makes sleeping at night much easier.
If case you are wondering, I am currently in year two of my ten year plan. I have been writing down my goals for years, but had never planned anything out farther than a year or two despite having success with the shorter time periods. However, string all of those short term plans together and they work out to be a pretty successful 20 year plan.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
- Yogi Berra
So, the moral of the story is write down your goals and plans. It works!