Last month I talked about the power of goals setting. This month I would like to talk about planning not one or two years out, but the power that comes from planning 10 years out.
There are three reasons why this is powerful. Here are the benefits. First by putting your vision of what you want to create 10 years out on paper, the subconscious mind embraces it and brings the vision to reality. Maxwell Maltz the author of Psychocybernetics calls this a servomechanism. Secondly people who set goals are more likely to reach them. Lastly it establishes sophisticated milestones that act like a crowd of well wishers that cheer every time that we go past one of them.
By putting this plan 10 years out, it really brings about the plan to us quicker by as much as three years. It is important for us to realize that when we do not put the planning process out 10 years and move it closer to current reality we run into obstacles. By setting a ten year plan it is far enough out that there are no obstacles and we can be completely creative. In other words it frees up our mind to think ideally. By doing this it is like looking at things from hindsight in advance. Think of an occurrence that you have had years ago with the obstacles that were before you. When you look back on things the obstacles don’t look that big. So project 10 years and get it firmly grounded and we can practice hindsight in advance.
One important aspect of projecting 10 years out and the reason for having a clear purpose is illustrated by this example. A person with no real purpose plans their 10 year plan at age 55. Because the 55 year old was planning on retiring at age 65 his 10 year plan was focusing on retirement not what he would do when he retires. There are many people with similar stories and here is a sad statistic. The death rate between age 66-67 is very high. This is like planning to die. The 10 year plan really needs to be well grounded in a life purpose. Long range planning takes commitment. There will be no commitment without a clear purpose.
There are seven areas of life that need consideration for long range planning. They are:
Spiritual, Family, Career, Self Improvement, Health, Social, and Financial. All these areas are important but the first three are placed in order for importance. The others can be taken as one sees fit except for the last which is financial. The financial goals are designed to bring about the other six and can only be computed after the other six are fully defined.
Now knowing all the seven areas to set goals it looks like we have a lot of planning to do. Good luck and because I am a dentist of course helping you with your health goals is an area of my prime interest, so we have laid the ground work and next month I will focus in on the ways that we work with our patients to become successful on their health goals. For more information on this and other topics go to my website at www.drtjbolt.com