How do you create a culture in your company where people enjoy the work they do and look forward to the week ahead? On this Looking Forward to Monday Minute we are going to explore the Life Plan, a business plan for your life.
You might wonder what a Life Plan has to do with creating a world class company culture. As it happens, everything! To quote the famous Stephen Covey, “begin with the end in mind.” You must first know what YOU want to achieve in life. That answer will dictate the size and type of business you build. The size and type of your business will inform specifics of the culture you need to create. A great company starts with you. If you aren’t having fun, how are you going to create a culture where others are having fun?
Most folks spend more time planning their week-long vacation to Disney World than they do their life. This is a sad state of affairs. It is hard to achieve when you don’t even know what you want. I created my first Life Plan in 2005. Since then, it has expanded and morphed many times. The goals and targets I had for my life in 2005 aren’t all the same now. Many are, yet much has changed. With age you gain wisdom and perspective. As you age, what is important to you changes. It is A-okay for your Life Plan to be a living, breathing document. It SHOULD be. My Life Plan today is 25 pages. To some it seems crazy that I have goals 20+ years into the future but when you know what you want you can be intentional in all your actions. This is empowering and freeing. It allows you to live your authentic life.
There are four major parts to the life plan. First, you must discover your personal Core Purpose and Core Values. Just like a business, this is your “true north.” I believe each person was put on this earth for a distinct reason. I believe each person has tremendous God-given potential. The trick is to discover your potential and “reason for being.” Crafting your Core Purpose as part of your Life Plan requires deep introspection. Core Values are the behaviors you are personally going to live by.
Second are Goals and Targets you want to achieve in your life. Your goals should be organized into 6 categories: Personal & Family, Personal & Professional Development, Health & Wellness, Career & Professional, Material & Financial, and Spiritual & Philanthropic. You should set goals that are short term (1 year or less), mid-term (1-10 years), and long term (10+ years into the future).
Third is your Top 10 Relationship List. Identify your Top 10 personal relationships and Top 10 professional relationships. These are the key relationships that if nurtured and maintained will lead to happiness and success. Every few months glance at your list and determine if you are investing time in proportion to your list. Most people find that they spend the majority of their time and energy with people that aren’t even on their top 10!
Fourth and final is your Bucket List. These are the things you want to do, the places you want to visit, the experiences you want to have before you “kick the bucket.” Life is precious. Life is short. None of us want to lie on our deathbed with a list of “shoulda, coulda, woulda.” Do the things you dream of while you have energy and vitality….and by all means, keep track, and have fun with it. Great bucket lists include places to travel, people to meet, experiences to have, and so much more.
You can’t have a great business until you first work on creating a great life for yourself. A great company starts with you. Every member of your team will be thankful you’ve got a Life Plan. You can then teach them how to create a Life Plan of their own.
To receive a very simple MS Word template to get started on creating your own Life Plan, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Life Plan” and one will be emailed to you.
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