Do we always have a model for our future? Do we have a real vision of the future for us and our family over the next ten to fifteen years, complete with written strategies to achieve that vision? Successful businesses and institutions have visions of their future and strategic plans that they not only follow, but monitor and update on a regular basis. This is an effective model that can be applied to personal lives, including life.

Developing a vision of the future and a personal strategic plan is not a complicated process, but it does take some thought and time. The process starts with personal research that includes an understanding of life stages, the forces that drive life and plausible events for the current life stage. The next step is exploring plausible futures with personal scenarios. At that point, can be ready to define a vision of the future then create a plan that will help to achieve that vision.