You could trust to serendipity. You could subscribe to New Thought philosophy, which maintains that by focusing on positive thoughts you can bring positive experiences into your life. Or you could plan.
I would strongly recommend planning.
Some people find planning boring. They think it will constrain their life and remove spontaneity. No. Planning brings freedom, and enables great things to happen. If you find it boring, you’re not doing it right.
Planning is a bit like dreaming, but with milestones.
Imagine right now what you most want to do with your life. Think of all the fantastic things life has to offer, and decide which of those you’d like to fit into your life. Sounds fun? Write down your thoughts. Your planning is underway.
Life would be simple if we wanted only one thing. Our plan for each day would look like this:
- Wake up.
- Do the thing.
- Go to sleep again.
But most people aren’t like that. They want more than one thing. That doesn’t make them greedy, just interesting.
They might want a career as well as a family. They might want to travel. There might be some burning interest that they need to follow. So the plan looks more complicated.
But the principle is simple – decide what you want most, and ensure that you spend your time doing things that are important to you. Otherwise, you’ll find your time is wasted on things that weren’t on anyone’s plan. How many people would choose Reading the newspaper, or Keeping up with Facebook as their life goals? But if you don’t plan, that’s what tends to happen.
Some people enjoy planning and will make detailed plans for each day, each month and each year of their life. Others prefer a looser approach that makes discovery possible. Of course, you could perhaps plan discovery by including Meeting new people as a goal.
But if you’re not consciously directing your time into the activities that you choose, then your time will be lost to distractions and the demands of other people.
Life is the most precious thing we will ever have. Planning makes the most of each life. What a shame to miss out on it.