I’ve heard it said countless times that Americans spend more time planning their vacations than they do their lives. If true, it’s a scary thought. Maybe that’s why lately there have been ads promoting “old-fashioned ideas” like saving, budgeting, and investing. For example, have you seen the “Feed the Pig” TV ads and Website?
Americans complain endlessly about fiscal irresponsibility in Washington D.C. and rightly so But, are individual Americans any better than Uncle Sam? How much pork barrel spending is in your family budget?
“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.” — Ronald Reagan
Since we all like thinking about and planning vacations, let’s apply what we know about that to life planning. Making a life plan requires detailed answers to just three questions:
Where do I want to go? (i.e. Vision)
“George Washington had a vision for this country. Was it three days of uninterrupted shopping?” — Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Bolt from the Blue, 1994
“If you don’t have a vision, then your reality will always be determined by other’s perceptions.” — Melanee Addison
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.” — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)
“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” — Lawrence J. Peter
Where am I right now?
“We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.” — Abraham Maslow
“We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we’re doing!” — Lynn Johnston
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” — Benjamin Franklin
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
“Time is our most precious asset, we should invest it wisely.” — Michael Levy
“If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life. Ideas are any man’s greatest asset.” — Harvey S. Firestone
What route will I take? (i.e. Plan)
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” — Alan Lakein
“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow” — Proverb
“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning” — Winston Churchill
“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.” — Denis Waitley
“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.” — Bible, Jeremiah 29:11
Of course, these steps only produce the plan. Execution is required to produce results, which is another topic for another day.
“Control your own destiny or someone else will.” — Jack Welch
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