The future is a part of our lives we start considering as early as possible. This is considering that the earlier we start to plan for our future, the more we are likely to achieve. Since the first few years of our lives are often such that we have little to no clue about life and the future, we get the opportunity to enjoy our childhood. However, by the time we start to cross the age of 5 to 9, we begin to be conscious of adults, their responsibilities and also begin to dream of how we would want our lives to look like by the time we achieve adulthood. By this time, our parents would most likely have placed us in schools, where we are expected to get the knowledge that will set us up for the future. However, we must also make a conscious effort to plan towards our future. Here are some of the ways that we can plan towards our future and the things that we should put into consideration as we plan.
Skills and Education
One of the most important things that we must plan for as we put the future into perspective is to have education and skills. Having the right skills and educations will provide us with a vital means to survive the future. We would have the tools required to help us earn money. This is considering we might want to work as an employee, freelance, or as a business owner. Irrespective of your wish for the future, you would require the right skills and education to achieve it. Thus, you should take advantage of the school your parents already placed you and strive to learn well. If you are unlucky and do not have anyone to put you in school, then you must strive to find means of finding your way through school. There are scholarships, school loans, and free schools that you can take advantage of to get the education that you need.
Make a Plan
It is important to make plans for the future. Fortunately, it is possible for the plan to be edited as you gain more knowledge. Chances are that you might initially plan to venture into a particular field but later find out you are more passionate about some other field. You could easily edit your plan to reflect this new plan. However, it is worthy of note that frequent change of plans will get you nowhere, especially if you keep changing such plans after you have spent some time and money towards the previous plan and those investments do not have any significant bearing on your new plan.
If you have huge goals, chances are that you would have to share them. It would be almost impossible for an individual to achieve a huge goal alone except they hope to start it and hope their children will be interested and further improve it till it gets to the vision that the individual has. If not, you would need to share goals with other people for ideas as well as investors for funds. The major fear of most people is that they might be scared their goals will be stolen. To avoid this, you might want to copyright it if possible, share it with only people you trust, and do not divulge more details than is necessary. This way, even if it is stolen and you don’t have a copyright or can’t stop them with it, you would still have some original ideas they will not be privy to.
It is important to set resolutions as you plan for the future. A resolution should have timelines and what should have been achieved. For instance, by the time I am 16, I should be through with college, by the time I am 20, I should be through with University, by the time I am 25, I should have raised 100,000 USD to start a company that will begin with this product, by the time I am 40, the company should already be worth 5 million USD and would be producing these specific products, by the time I am 60, I should retire and hand over to a capable hand. This will allow you to monitor your progress, know when to put in more hard work, and you might sometimes have to slightly adjust the timelines.
Take small steps
A major reason why many people’s goals and dreams die with them is that they do not understand the power of taking small steps. They are waiting to get an individual or organization that will invest 5 million USD in them without starting or trying to work to raise part of the capital that they can use to put in place a foundation that an investor will be willing to build on.
It is important to be realistic with your goals. When your plans are not realistic, you will always fall short of your target. This could discourage you and you might lose hope. This will lead to the non-achievement of those goals.
Take some risks
The unwillingness of many people to take risks has made huge success slip through their fingers. You should be able to plan and take strategically calculated risks that would mark significant milestones in your journey to achieving your dream.