The Top 10 Reasons Why Planning Your Life is Vital

If you have ever planned a vacation, wedding, surprise party, or special event, you know how much work is involved. Planning, checking, adjusting and planning again is all part of the process of creating the result that you want.

Many people understand the importance of planning events in their life, but very few understand the importance of actually planning their life.

It is said that people don't plan to fail, they just fail to plan. It is pretty obvious that a wedding would be a disaster without a plan. Well, what about your life?

You have a choice to either make things happen, watch things happen, or wonder, "What happened?" Which will it be?

If you are serious about living in tune with your deepest dreams and desires, you need to become a "makes things happen" person. Success will not attack you! The way you get what you want is to plan it!

Below is a list of top 10 reasons why planning your life is vital. This list has been prepared to sell you on the fact that you need a plan to get what you want. If you are not yet "sold," read on.

1) A planned life gives you direction

Planning allows you to know where you are going, and how you are going to get there. Without a plan, you lack direction and focus, and run the risk of spending your time doing things that fail to benefit your future.

2) A planned life puts your dreams within reach

If your dreams have ever felt a little "pie-in-the-sky-ish," it is probably because they were not grounded in a plan. A plan provides action steps necessary to achieve your dreams. Apply the action steps and you are on your way to making your dreams happen.

3) A planned life puts you in control

If you leave your life up to chance, or let others control it for you, you are sure to be disappointed. Taking control of your own life is the only way to get what YOU truly want.

4) A planned life gives you peace

Just knowing that you are taking steps to create the life you want gives you a sense of peace. Without a plan, it is easy to get into confusion and despair about which way to go and how to spend your days.

5) A planned life gives you purpose

When you take the time to plan your life, you choose to live life "on purpose." You no longer just "exist." You embrace the purpose you were created to fulfill and make it happen through action.

6) A planned life gives you passion

Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile goal. It is not a destination. It is a journey. When you are headed toward a goal, it makes your "present" more fulfilling, more passionate, and exciting.

7) A planned life empowers you

Planning puts YOU on YOUR side. When you are single-minded about where you are going, you have power to live your life your way.

8) A planned life honors God

You are to be a steward of all God has given you. To manage your life shows that you respect the gift of life that you have been given.

9) A planned life puts your subconscious mind to work for you

When you plan, you plant a vision on your subconscious mind. That vision creates the opportunities for you to succeed at your plan.

10) A planned life gives you freedom

Freedom exists in one place, inside of you. When you claim the freedom you have to shape your destiny, you are truly free.

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