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The Bigger Picture Do you remember the last time you went on holiday? Did you show up at the airport with no idea where you were going to go, how much it was going to cost and no luggage? As adventurous as that holiday sounds, the chances are you researched it meticulously, asked friends and family for recommendations, made lists, budgeted and carefully planned your trip away. It begs the question, why do we put so much time and effort planning a 10-day trip abroad and yet leave our own life planning down to chance? Could it be too daunting a task for us to undertake? Maybe it’s time we felt the fear and did it anyway. 20 ISSUE 1, 2018

YOUR PLAN Planning doesn’t have to be boring – especially when it’s the plans for your life that we’re talking about. Set some time aside, grab a piece of paper and write down absolutely everything you would love to accomplish with your life. Whether you want to pay off some debt or star in a Hollywood movie – write it all down. SIFT IT OUT Which of these goals would you like to achieve in the next five years? Start imagining yourself in five years – What do you look like? Where do you live? What are you doing? What’s really important for you to achieve. BREAK IT DOWN Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. How are you going to achieve your goals? Taking each goal, one by one, make a list of everything you’d need to do, learn, accumulate etc to achieve it. Set smaller manageable goals for along the way, so you don’t lose track. Take another piece of paper and split it into five – one for each year. Where do you need to be with your goal by the first year? And by the second? GO ONE STEP FURTHER The more detailed your plan is, the more likely you are to stick to it. Make those smaller goals even more manageable by breaking the steps down into monthly, weekly or even daily tasks. Get it all planned in. YOU CONTROL YOUR LIFE Know that things change. Just because you want one thing this year, doesn’t mean to say you will want it the next year! Your long-term plans can often need adjusting to fit your life and that’s ok. The main thing is that you’ve gained some focus and spent some time thinking about what you want from your life. We’ve all got only one, so let’s make sure we’re spending it doing what we really want to in life. BOOKS TO READ The Slight Edge Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success & Happiness By Jeff Olson The Achievement Habit Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life By Bernard Roth Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible By Brian Tracy The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Powerful lessons in personal change By Steven Covey ISSUE 1, 2018 21