Fri 1 Jan 2010
Guest Column by Rebecca Love Williams
(c) January 1, 2010
I hope that you all had a very happy holiday filled with peace, love and joy. Now that the new year is upon us, it is time to really think about the New Year that is approaching us.
Have you started writing your Life Plan for 2010 to allow you to get a “fresh start”?
A Life Plan is a written plan of your goals and objectives in your life. It is like a map or guide to help you achieve your inner desires. Your plan can be divided into eight areas:
- Family and friends
- Love and relationships
- Money and finance
- Personal development or personal growth
Each of these areas affects your life and the importance of each one will vary depending on your internal values and situation.
Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself while writing your plan:
- What’s most important to you, your core values?
- What do you dream about?
- Where on your career path do you desire to be?
- Is your employer helping you accomplish your personal career goals?
- Are you still having fun at work?
- Will it allow you to spend more time with your family?
- Are you spending enough time with people who are important to you?
- How can you maintain your health?
- Do you have the time and the resources to entertain and travel?
- What places do you want to visit in the next two to three years?
- How much money do you want to make?
- Does your current employment support your income goals?
- How much do you need to save for your later years?
- Are you giving back to your community?
- Where do you want to live?
- Are you continually developing and improving your relationship?
These questions will give you some starting points to think about as you begin developing your plan for 2010. Of course, Life Plans can be more complex, and if you would like to develop a more intense life plan, you might need to seek out a Professional Coach.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Guest columnist Rebecca Love Williams, principal of Williams Business Solutions, is an experienced professional coach and human resources consultant. She regularly coaches her clients through a process to help them achieve their life and professional goals, including an emphasis on life planning strategies. Williams is based in Evanston, Ill., and serves individuals and businesses nationwide.