It’s hard to imagine, but 2015 is here. Many of us will compile a list of New Year’s Resolutions that may or may not last past January. Regardless of how long you actually stick to the plan, it is always good and wise to take time to prayerfully and strategically plan out your priorities for the new year. For the past several years, the staff and leadership of PVCC has utilized the Life Plan approach to mapping out and setting our priorities and goals for the upcoming year. Many people have asked if they could get a copy of the Life Plan document that we use, so I’ve attached a link to the file at the bottom of this post that will give you a general overview and instructions for completing your Life Plan.
Basically, your first step (which is not listed on the attached document) is to pick a day to “get away” for 4-8 hours (it needs to be a place with no distractions, people, phones, etc.). You need a place where you can just meet with God with no other worries. Bring only your Bible, a pen, and a notebook (you may want to use a laptop, but just be mindful of the temptation to answer emails and check Facebook)! Do NOT bring your cell phone.
For that 4-8 hour period, you are praying, reading the Bible, and just asking God to give you clarity and direction for your life and priorities in 2015. You’ll rate yourself on how you’re doing in major areas of your life (relationship with God, marriage, parenting, finances, health, self improvement, career, etc.). Then, you’ll choose 3 or 4 of those major areas that you want to focus in on as your main 3 or 4 priorities for the new year (these are the 3 or 4 areas that you need the most improvement in).
You’ll end up with a one page document for each of these 3 or 4 areas developing a vision statement and 3-5 action steps that you can take to grow in each of these areas. These action steps should be very specific and measurable. For example, if one of your top priorities for the new year is to grow in your marriage, one of your action steps might be, “Make sure my spouse and I have a date night at least once every 2 weeks.” This is something very tangible to which you can be held accountable. Ideally, you’ll review your Life Plan once a week (I recommend either Sunday night or Monday morning – shouldn’t take over 10-15 minutes to look through it and see how you’re doing, remind yourself of your priorities/action steps, etc). If you are married, I highly recommend both you and your spouse complete this exercise, and then review it together each week.
If you have any questions about the Life Plan and how to utilize it in 2015, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m praying for each of you as you seek God’s will and direction for your life in 2015!