My husband and I have been working on a Life Plan we were introduced to on Michael Hyatt’s website. We took a few days and went away to plan our lives…specifically our marriage and family goals. Our time away was very productive; we prayed a lot, talked a lot and took pages of notes. We thought figuring out what was most important to us would be easy, but actually the activity challenged us with some great questions:
- Do I live according to my values, or do I say I value something but live in a way that doesn’t show it?
- Where do I fit into what’s important to me?
- What place should work have on my list–do I work simply to live or do I love what I do?
- Are relationships or tasks more important?
These are just a few of the discussion topics that came up. All of it was so valuable to us.
An interesting thing happened when I returned home.
I noticed that even though I didn’t talk much about my writing priorities, when I settled back into writing mode the path ahead held more clarity than it had previously. Mentally, I had a plan mapped out that was previously vague. What a pleasant surprise! Jumping back in felt exciting and productive. I knew where I was headed, simply as a result of spending time working out those questions.
We’re still at it.
My husband and I still have planning to do, but we feel more purposeful about our daily lives since our time away. We believe what God says about a man making plans, but God directing his steps (Proverbs 16:9). I’m confident that the plans ahead will be fabulous.
What is important to you? Do you have a life plan? How do you set goals?