We all need to have a plan or direction in life.
The very latest resource I've discovered on Life Planning is found in author Lloyd Reeb's "From Success to Significance." I believe this can help a lot of us in having clear directions that includes all of the important areas of life, namely: faith, fitness, family, and friends. Here's an outline below; I encourage myself as well as you to prayerfully work through them if you wish to "win."
Step 1: Write down what makes you passionate.
List your top 2 areas of passion.
Examples: educating young people / helping people know God and be discipled
Step 2: Pinpoint your 2 greatest natural abilities.
Write your top 2 natural abilities.
Examples: managing / speaking / writing / teaching / painting
Step 3: Identify your spiritual gifts.
Write your top 2 spiritual gifts.
Examples: teaching / helps / administration
Step 4: Develop your personal mission statement.
Draft a personal mission statement.
Example: To be a thought leader in discipling young people for Christ, personal/spiritual development, and world missions.
Step 5: Define the position you best play on the team.
The best positions for me on the team are:
Examples: subject expert, people manager, process designer, marketer, board member
Step 6: Discover your spouse's goals and desires.
What is the single biggest area where your spouse's dreams overlap with your dreams or your areas of passion? Example: school travel tours / meeting and making friends
Step 7: Discover where your life needs better balance.
I am weakest in the area of: _________ Faith
Example: fitness - I'm overweight I need exercise
Step 8: Plan your finances with an eternal perspective.
How much is enough? (relative to your present lifestyle):
How will our budget need to change?
Step 9: Set 5 goals.
What are your 5 top goals in life: ________________________
Step 10: How will you measure the results?
Write down 3 ways you will measure results in your own life?
Examples: numeric - how many young people discipled? time spent doing exercise; controlling family expenses
As for myself, the general objective is to plan my life in terms of balance in all aspects -- faith, fitness, family, finances -- that frees up a maximum, sustainable part of my life time serving God and others.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart: I appointed you as a prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5).
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' " (Jeremiah 29: 11).