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Look at the Big Picture: Create a Master Plan for Your Life
By Dr Tim Ong

Whenever we have a certain goal to achieve, such as going for a holiday, we put a plan into action.

Before we travel, we decide on our destination, how we are going to get there and when. Once those are decided, we equip ourselves with all the necessary things that we'll need in order to get there, such as clothing, money, travel documents, where we will be staying, etc. We are aware that we may not follow our plan exactly but when we have a plan, then we are more likely to succeed in reaching our destination. We can always modify our plan along the way.

The same holds true for our journey of life.

No one wants to fail in life, but when we fail to plan our life, we are setting ourselves up for failure, thus the saying "If you failed to plan, then you plan to fail".

Why do we make plans for trivial things, yet neglect to plan for our life? Why leave our life to chance when we can hold it in our hands and decide what we want out of it?

We CAN have EVERYTHING we want out of life!

To get everything we want out of our lives, we need to plan. This plan should be our very own MASTERPLAN OF LIFE.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPLAN OF LIFE

"Start With The End In Mind"
- Steven Covey

STEP #1: DEFINE YOUR GOALS

This means we need to decide NOW what we want out of life. These are the GOALS we want to achieve in this life.

For example, I want to retire by the age of 45 so that I can spend my time doing the things I like to do, and these are:

∑ to spend quality time with my wife and children

∑ to travel and see the world, learn about the different cultures

∑ to continue acquiring new knowledge and learn new skills to enrich my life and the lives of others

∑ to enrich, empower and encourage others towards success in their lives

∑ to make this world a better place for everyone

I write all these down because GOALS MUST BE SPECIFIC. They must also be MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, and REALISTIC and HAS A DEFINITE TIME FRAME. It is best to WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS.

STEP #2: IDENTIFY WHAT YOU NEED TO HAVE AND TO DO IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THEM

In order to achieve my goals, I need to have a few essential things. These are:

1. HEALTH

Health here refers to mental, emotional and physical health. Health is wealth. Without health, no matter what else we have, we will not have enough.

"A wise man ought to know that health is his most valuable possession."
- Hippocrates

2. PRODUCTIVITY

I need to have at least a skill that will allow me to be productive and contribute towards the needs and the growth of the community I lived in. I need to be useful to society so that I can feel good about myself (SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-CONFIDENCE, SELF-WORTH). My skill may also provide a source of income for my family and me.

3. FINANCIAL FREEDOM

In order to be able to retire early and do all the things above, I need a continuous stream of PASSIVE INCOME that will provide me with the money to live the lifestyle I choose.

STEP #3: WORK YOUR PLAN

Now that I have defined my goals in life and identified what I need to have and to do in order to achieve those goals, I must now work my plan! What I have above is a MASTERPLAN that gives me the big picture of what I want my life to be. My MASTERPLAN should be simple and general.

Next I must now make smaller plans or sub-plans to achieve the three things in Step #2 - health, productivity and financial freedom. All these three go hand-in-hand. Thus, in my daily or weekly schedule, I make sure that all three components are represented.

For example, to maintain health, I make sure that I spend time to exercise at least two to three times a week. I also watch what I eat and drink. I don't smoke or take alcohol, and I make sure I have adequate sleep at night.

I also put aside some time to read and learn new things, including attending seminars and talks, motivational workshops, NLP classes, meditation classes, etc. All these activities help to stimulate my mind and increase my creativity and productivity.

I know that if I want to retire early and live the lifestyle I described, I must create a few sources of passive income that will continuously put money into my pocket even when I don't work. To know more about passive income, click here. Since being able to achieve financial freedom is crucial to my plan, I therefore create a specific plan just to realize this goal.

Once we have all these in place, we must work our plans and constantly review our goals to see if we're moving in the right direction. Learn also to enjoy the journey along the way. This is just as important if we want to have a good life.

Remember, you cannot be successful just because you have created your own MASTERPLAN OF LIFE. You must also work your plan! You must fulfill all the three steps in order to succeed.

Good luck and may success be yours!

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Tim Ong is a medical doctor and author of the online "Build From Within" newsletter series. He is also the Webmaster of The Self Improvement Site (http://www.theselfimprovementsite.com) and Caring For The Terminally Ill (http://www.caring-terminally-ill.com).

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