What are your 5-year goals? Where do you want to be 5 years from now, spiritually, physically, professionally, financially, and family? Are those goals written down and broken down into action steps?
Here is what I have planned for myself, and I'm posting this for my own accountability, but also as an example (a model to use, but you'll need your own goals.)
The First Step: Figuring out your WHY in life. What is God calling you to do with your life? Take some time to pray, reflect, and think about this. This is what I have for me:
"I believe that God is calling me to own business systems and products that are nearly self-sustaining AND income producing with very minimal weekly effort after start up. The purpose of this is to free up time for Olivia and I to serve in marriage/family ministry, to teach our children & grandchildren a biblical way of life that break the cycle of hardship both of our families have endured for generations. Life change for our family and for others."
Now we are ready for the Second Step: WHAT are we going to do with our lives for the next 5 to 10 years. Here are my 5-year goals.
Have 3 titles written, completed, and published (2 books and a baseball teaching video)
Be a vital link in Corpus Christi for FamilyLife's "Strategy 365" campaign promoting valuable resources to married couples to build a solid, fulfilling marriage.
Have 1,000 people attending Weekend to Remember.
Have a thriving HomeTeams Ministry at Bay Area Fellowship with over 200 HomeTeams in Corpus Christi alone (not counting the Multi-Site Campuses), and having a support/communication structure in place to keep this ministry succeeding.
32" waist, washboard abs, able to do 10 pullups, weigh 160 lbs or less.
Hike entire distance of the Padre Island National Seashore, 60 miles one-way. Water, water, every where, but not a drop to drink.
Begin hiking the Appalachian Trail. Lifetime goal is to through-hike the entire thing (a 1-year trip).
Debt free (consumer debt, collections debt, everything except the mortgage...that comes later).
Complete the first 4 Baby Steps from Dave Ramsey's system: $1,000 emergency fund, debt snowball, 6 months living expenses saved up, investing 15% of income into wealth building (real estate investments & stock market).
Disney World (7-days or more) - Family
Disney Cruise (5-days or more) - Family
Train ride San Antonio to Chicago - Family
New York City - with Liv
California Coast trip - family
Carlsbad Caverns (San Antonio) - Family
Pretty much all the state parks in Texas - Me & Family if they're up for it.
I further broke these down into milestones, working out 3-year milestones that lead to my goals, then 2-year milestones, 1-year, and 6-months. All of these milestones need to be stepping stones or completions of these 5-year goals.
After you have identified WHAT, it is time to write out the HOW. This is really where you break it down. I only went 6 months out for this one because it gets really detailed.
Since it is very detailed, here is just a couple of examples from the entire 6-month plan (based on my 6-month milestones):
Attend leadership summit October 28-31, 2010 in Little Rock, AR.
Firm up the local conference team by the end of October 2010.
Kick off meeting and training for the team in November 2010.
50 Group Coordinators for Weekend to Remember. Friends inviting friends to the getaway.
500 attendees to the Corpus Christi WTR by March 18-20, 2011.
Hand out fliers at 3 public venues and La Palmera (and other stores).
Meet & build relationships with 10 key churches/pastors in Corpus Christi. FamilyLife as a year-round resource.
Attend a Weekend to Remember with Olivia for ourselves (April-July 2011).
My First Book
Write for 1 hour every day.
Type book from notes on days when there is a writer's block. This will help fill details and prepare manuscript at the same time.
Rough draft completed by end of November 2010. Proofread by 3 to 4 key people by end of December 2010.
Final manuscript ready by January 31, 2011.
Identify key publishers.
Determine start up costs and save up money for them.
Every three to four days, I write out the top 4 priorities I must do "Today", "Tomorrow", and "The Day After That". These priorities have to be linked to my 6-month action plan.
Here is what "Today" looks like at the time I wrote this blog post:
Write book for 1 hour
Research request requirements for Guideposts (a Christian publisher)
Write October Item of Value for real estate clients (this falls under my Disney World goals. I need $2500 to take my family on a road trip to Disney World for 7 days and the money will come from a real estate closing.)
Call 2 Weekend to Remember conference team members for feedback to take to FamilyLife leadership summit.