The 5-Year Plan

Do you have a vision for your future, an idea that excites you, a dream that inspires you, but you don’t know how to make it a reality? You might have some ideas for making it happen, but you don’t know where to begin. 

You might have heard of something called a 5-year plan, but what is it and how can it be useful?

The definition is in the name itself – it’s a plan for the next 5 years of your life – but what you write and how you write it is what makes them so valuable.

I believe that visualising your outcome leads to making it a reality because it allows you to see your end goal and to work backwards, filling in the gaps of the road ahead. This is exactly what the plan does. And having deadlines to work to gives you a sense of urgency. Here’s how to make one:

Grab a sheet of paper and a pen. It does’t need to look fancy. 

Write down where you want to be, what you want to have achieved, and what you still want to be working towards on this day in 5 years’ time. Take as long as you need, it may only be half an idea at this point and it might sound silly, by write it down anyway – no one else has to see it. Maybe you want to have published a book? Or to have directed your own film? 

Now, work backwards. How do you get there? By year 4, what do you need to have done? And year 3? What can you do to instigate all of this by starting today? Maybe you need a qualification or license? Maybe you need experience somewhere? Get advice from people in the field and find out how they got where they are now. 

The plan will change. Don’t be scared of that, you want this to happen. When you follow a dream, opportunities open up along the way that you never knew existed. And your your realisation might be better than you could have imagined. 

 

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