Find the Life You Want to Live

by Kevin on May 29, 2009

Are you happy with your current life? Your career, your home, your retirement accounts…

Are you living the life you want to live? The life you always dreamed of?

Have a Vision for Your Life

As with any other type of planning you need to have a goal in mind before you can put a plan in place to meet that goal. If you’re trying to go from Point A to Point B, you need to know where Point B is.

Once you know where you’re going you can develop a plan to get you to that point.

But going back for a minute: you’ve got to have a vision of where you want to be. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. It requires an in-depth look at all facets of your life. Coming up with a vision can take a lot of time simply because you need to analyze all the areas of your life (home, job, activities, hobbies, location, etc.).

Assess Your Current Life, Too

Of course if you are trying to move from Point A to Point B, you can’t just define where you want to be. You’ve got to define where you currently are.

This theoretically should be easier than defining where you want to go. While you’re figuring out where you want to be there are endless possibilities — you could become a skydive instructor, a farmer, or a day trader — but you should know where you are relatively easily.

At the same time it can be difficult to confront your current situation and accurately identify what’s going on in your life. I would also recommend doing this all in one swoop or over a weekend. If you slowly identify your current life over time (say, a month) then things are likely to be consistently changing. That makes figuring out where you currently are even more difficult.

Put the Life Plan Together

You’ve got Point A and you’ve got Point B. You know where you are and where you want to be.

The next part should come easy. You know where you want to be, now just get there. What makes the most sense?

If you’re working for a landscaping business, but want to be a physical therapist — you need to go to school, get educated, and make it happen.

If you’re living in the city and want to live on a farm, you’ve got some major changes coming you way.

I’m sure you get the point.

Identify Point A, Identify Point B, then develop your plan. It sounds so simple, but is extraordinarily difficult.

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hustler May 30, 2009 at 12:28 am

I like this. There are a lot of different variable that go into this, but it really is just getting from point a to b. However you have to do it. I’m currently starting my journey to point b with my summer classes. Hopefully within the next 3-4 years I’ll go from sadsack factory worker to a nurse. The hard part is just getting started.

TStrump May 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Definitely not living the life I want to live.
Having a plan is important, but acting on that plan is critical.

Slinky June 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

Good post. I like to say, “Life happens, dreams take work.” It also takes courage. You often have to step out of your routine, ignore what other people think, and break the rules to get where you want. It’s the harder path, the road less traveled, but the view is worth it.

Kevin June 5, 2009 at 7:41 pm

@Hustler: Thanks. There are a lot of difficult parts — getting started is definitely one of them.

@TStrump: Do you have a plan?

@Slinky: Ooo… good point. Courage is definitely need. Courage to potentially ignore what your friends and family think.

TStrump June 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Yes, I have a plan … sometimes fall off the wagon, though.
Oh well. 🙂

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