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Life Planning III

If you remember, Step 1 of our Life Planning journey was:

1.  Assess where you are in life today by answering these questions carefully, honestly and thoroughly:

• What are the top 3 regrets you have today regarding your personal and professional life?
• If money were no object, how would you spend the next 10 years?
• What would you say are the top 2 or 3 limiting factors in your career and/or your life?
• Who do you want to be remembered by?
• What will they remember you for?
• Who else and why? (ask this question as many times as you need)
• What do you want to see on your epitaph? 

I hope you found the time and answered those questions. If you couldn’t make the time, (like me this week!) you definitely need Life Planning.

Your life, my life, is ours to live – and only ours. Henri Nouwen says it well:

“No two lives are the same. We often compare our lives with those of others, trying to decide whether we are better or worse off, but such comparisons do not help us much. We have to live our life, not someone else’s. We have to hold our own cup. We have to dare to say: ‘This is my life, the life that is given to me, and it is this life that I have to live, as well as I can. My life is unique. Nobody else will ever live it. I have my own history, my own family, my own body, my own character, my own friends, my own way of thinking, speaking, and acting – yes, I have my own life to live. No one else has the same challenge. I am alone, because I am unique. Many people can help me live my life, but after all is said and done, I have to make my own choices about how to live.”                                   Henri Nouwen “Can You Drink the Cup”

Please read that passage again, and decide what it says, what it means, to you.

Now for Step 2:

2. Awareness of what’s important to me:

• Based on your answers in 1 above, think of the areas of your life that are most important to you and list them below; start with a bigger list, but reduce it to 7 or 8 max.

__________________                             Life Account Examples

__________________                   Spiritual                           Spouse

__________________                   Children                           Family

__________________                   Finance                            Career/Business

__________________                   Self Development             Health

__________________                   Friends                             Vacation

__________________                   Fun                                  Charity/Service

__________________                   Adventure                        Hobby

__________________                   Church                             My Dream  

• Using this document, write each Life Account you have chosen at the top.

• begin to clarify your vision: fill in the top line, defining where you want to be in each of them 5, 10, 20 or 30 years from now. What do you see when you look into your own future?

Please complete this homework this week – plan to use the weekend if necessary.

Next time, I’ll give you an example of one of my Life Accounts – but not yet, as I don’t want to influence you!

Our journey is just starting - it's going to be quite a ride.

Life Planning IV

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