Many people are passive spectators, watching their lives unfold a day at a time. They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation, but it never occurs to them to plan their life.
As a result, when they get into their 40s, 50s, and 60s, many of them are left wondering what went wrong. Perhaps their health is failing, their marriage is broken, or their career is stalled. They have become a victim of the drift.
Many people get distracted with their life. They look up and find themselves far away from where they thought they would be at this point in their lives. You can avoid the drift, by following these three steps:
Become aware of your current location. Wake up. Where are you in relation to where you know you should be? Don’t beat yourself up. Simply acknowledge your current reality. You can’t go somewhere else until you acknowledge where you are right now.
Decide where you want to go. The essence of life planning is envisioning a better future. Let yourself dream. What kind of health do you want to possess? What kind of marriage do you want to enjoy? What kind of career do you want to have? Why settle for drifting to a boring, or even dangerous, situation.
Start working toward your destination. Once you have acknowledged where you are and decided where you want to be, you can begin paddling in the direction of your goals. Yes, it will take work. But, when you have a plan, everyday becomes an opportunity to move toward your destination.
You may feel that you’ve drifted too far off course to get back. This is simply not true. It’s never too late. You can harness the power of incremental change over time and get back on track faster than you think.