How to Maintain Focus on What Matters Most
A few years ago, I read a blog post by Michael Hyatt on the importance of creating a life plan.
Making a life plan is not intended to try to play God or to squeeze Christ out of being Lord over your life; it’s a way to cooperate with Him to successfully manage the relationships, duties, and finances that He has entrusted to you.
Although making a life plan is very simple, few people commit time to plan their life, but it’s truly a valuable investment.
Here’s how to make one:
Michael Hyatt recommends taking one full day to create your life plan. With my work, family, and other responsibilities, I couldn't disappear for a full day. Instead, I woke up early each morning for two weeks and spent 30-45 minutes each day working on it. The result was a five-page life plan that gave me a renewed sense of clarity and purpose.
My eight priorities that emerged from the exercise were:
- My Wife
- My Children
- Family & Friends
As an example, here is a condensed version of the details for my first priority.
Priority 1: God
I am intimately connected with God and His purposes for my life. I seek His wisdom daily and walk in the power of His Spirit living in me. I faithfully pursue my calling and frequently see evidence of my efforts being multiplied by His providential hand. I am being transformed daily to be more like Christ. His joy is evident in all circumstances I face. His power is changing me and the lives of those around me.
My purpose is to love Jesus the way that He has loved me and share that love with others. I want to spend significant time in God’s presence and hold the door open wide so that others may experience God.
“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:10-11.
- I feel very connected to God & His purposes.
- I feel content and secure in His love.
- I am doing significant work for the Kingdom—loving my wife, children, family and friends, leading my family, writing, and speaking.
- I am reading the Bible and praying regularly.
- Start my day with Bible reading. Goal: Finish Chronological Bible this year
- Listen to one sermon / week during commute. Goal: 52 sermons
- Pray regularly, during daily commute, at meals, with my wife and kids.
- Develop a prayer list. Pray regularly and intentionally for people and situations. Then, record how God answers these requests.
I keep this document on my computer and review it regularly. Every six months, I block out an hour to update it. This process has been extremely valuable. It serves as a great reminder of what’s truly important and allows me to track progress in each area over time.
Proverbs 29:18 reminds us that, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Are you focused on pursuing God’s vision for your life? Do you have a plan in place to discover His vision for you? If not, let me encourage you to start by making a life plan.
The above concept is simple, but powerful:
- Identify your priorities.
- Envision your desired outcome.
- Understand the purpose behind each priority.
- Recognize your current reality.
- Determine specific commitments to reach the envisioned future.
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