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Why you need to strategically plan your life

The time will pass anyway – you can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. The choice is yours.

You can either create your life based on your personal dreams and goals – or ultimately fall into someone else’s goals and help them build theirs. You might have heard the phrase that life is 5% planning and 95% executing that plan. That 5% might not seem like much – but the foundation you lay down is the overall compass that will pull you to the life you ultimately want.

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Planning is a necessary and often times overlooked ingredient to any of life’s campaigns, whether it be your personal or professional endeavours. If you employ a haphazard approach without a plan, you’ll end up getting swept away with the current, and letting the flow dictate your direction.

Create a grand vision for yourself

Remember Arnold Swartzenegger’s ‘creating a vision for yourself?’ He is a proponent of creating a vision for yourself – and living into that image as if it were already true. The struggles of day-to-day responsibilities and challenges bog down many people – and this halts their momentum because they lack a grand vision to help propel them. No matter what hardships you go through, a larger vision that you relentlessly hunt is what will ultimately get you through the tough times. You have to see it in order to achieve it. 

“Create the highest, grandest vision for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey

The Planning Fallacy

We have a general tendency to want to bite off more than we can chew – and we acquire a certain optimistic bias where we overestimate the amount of time it takes for a future task to be completed. The planning fallacy is a phenomenon first proposed by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979, discussing how human beings systematically underestimate how much time, money and energy goes into a project.

We also have a tendency to focus so much attention on the project itself that we forget about external circumstances that have a massive impact in warping the project’s timeline. This phenomenon aligns perfectly with how strategically you plan your life. It is imperative to take into account the fact that it is only natural to feel ambitious when planning, but remember that your optimistic bias will kick in and will throw your plan askew.

You need to strategically plan your life down to the ‘T.’ Decide who you want to be – and go be it. Who you don’t want to be, what types of people should comprise your ecosystem and what type of priority do you place for people and activities in your life? These are the types of questions that help you supercharge your strategic life planning.

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