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Beginner's Guide: Designing your 5-Year Plan

April 23, 2017

 

I like to think of myself as a natural born planner. At a young age, I planned everything down to the most minute detail. I would pack my little purse with the necessary tools for every possible scenario. I had an umbrella, a brush for fly-away hairs, Kleenex (just in case my nose decided to run), and several different flavored chapsticks, 'cause a girl needs her choices! I could go on and on but I think you get the point.

 

It wasn't until I was older that I realized my disaster preparation had somehow manifested into life planning. I began focusing mainly on educational and career goals. Unfortunately, I never put pen to paper and mapped out my goals so I had way too many to keep track of. I was on an emotional rollercoaster and I found myself feeling depressed when my thoughts continued to get lost in translation. When I proudly achieved one goal, I was reminded of all the other goals I still hadn't tackled; leading me to grow more and more self-conscious about my abilities.

 

Enough was enough.

 

At the top of the year I typed out my very first 5-year plan. First on the list, for 2017, was this blog . Slowly but surely, I realized I was finally checking things off my list and feeling thrilled about it! Hopefully this blog post will help you to develop your own 5-year plan. Your plan should essentially be a blueprint of your heart's desires for the next 5 years. IT IS YOURS, so it shouldn't be modeled after someone else's. This is the moment for you to be original and get wild & crazy (but not careless lol) with your dreams. 

 

BE REALISTIC.

Whoa, whoa, whoa let me explain. The age-old adage says: "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." But there are exceptions to every rule. Don't be a lazy dreamer and set goals that you know you won't work fervently to achieve. If you aren't passionate about it, it's not realistic. Don't base anything you are doing on what others are doing...that my friend, is the fastest way to set yourself up for failure.

 

Write it down!!

No matter how well you think your brain is operating, never leave anything up to memory. It doesn't matter how small or big the goal is, write it down or type it..just put it in ink!! Writing things down somehow makes it official. Hold your feet to the fire and make a commitment to yourself!!

 

Don't generalize.

It's a 5-year plan, so be sure to list your aspirations by year. For each year be specific about exactly what you want. Is it a career, financial, or personal goal?? The point of writing your dreams down is so you can see it and stick to it, but what's the point if it's not organized?!

 

Get your affairs in order.

Depending on your goal, you may need to get your finances and/or other affairs in order. Move with a purpose and have a plan for your plan! First and foremost, do your research. You should be well versed on the avenues you need to take and knowledgeable about what resources are available to you. Don't wait for the information to miraculously fall into your lap; because it probably won't.

 

Don't be afraid to re-adjust.

If everyone could accomplish their wildest dreams without going through trials and tribulations, the world would be full of nothing but prosperous people!! Understand that no matter how many dips, twists, and hurdles are in the road, you need to keep trucking! Be armed with a Plan B, C, D, E, & F that can be used to achieve your original Plan A. 

 

Move in silence.

If you have supporters, you probably have haters too! Sometimes it's best to keep certain ideas to yourself until it's time to reveal it to the masses. Motivate yourself!! Know that you don't need the praises of others to complete your goals.

When the time is right, they will know.

 

 

As cliché as it sounds..

       "If you can dream it, you can achieve it."

 

 

Go out there and get it work! 

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