But at present, there is also another stage of total uncertainty and one that is not talked about much, although it is very common: young people (from 20 to 40 years old) who discover themselves without the remotest idea of what it is. his true life purpose and realizes that he is throwing his life away.
This does not mean that the members of the new generations are paranoid and complain about everything. Rather, it must be recognized that times have changed a great deal (unfortunately it is worse every day) and that social pressure increases considerably daily.
The “ Comparative ”
Currently, most of us have access to education and the world is increasingly globalized. Because of that, we live surrounded by people from diverse backgrounds and are exposed to many cultures. different values, customs, and fashions.
It is the age of the Internet and with it came social networks, in many cases for the better and many others for the worse. This opened (in every possible way) the doors of access to the virtual world, which is full of filters, augmented realities, and the best (and worst) of other people’s lives.
It Happens To All Of Us
Social media comparison (which is a millennial pastime) could become a very dangerous hobby.
Personally, even though consider myself a strong person, with a positive attitude and a high level of emotional intelligence, when I started on this social network I often surprised myself by comparing aspects of my life (both internal and external) with those of others. A Complete Stranger: With an Instagram Life. An unknown in every sense of the word, but (somehow) his posts made me question my achievements, my appearance, and even my personality traits.
Regardless of how illogical these comparisons are, our emotional responses to a single photo could become so strong as to completely overpower our logic.
The Problem Is Doing Nothing
Seeing me earn money while traveling and you feel that you want to do it too and change your life plan (all this sitting in front of your computer in a job you hate), but you think “you can’t do it”, can become very frustrating. It is precisely this accumulated frustration that produces the famous existential crises of us millennials. And we ask ourselves: Why are we not happy?
Usually, at this stage we do one of two things: we make impulsive decisions (often very bad ones) or we simply give in to conformity and continue to live a life that does not satisfy us, while envying that of others. But this does not have to be like this! There is a third option: create a life plan.
What Is A Life Plan?
A life plan is what the name tells us: a summary designed by you and for you, with the necessary steps to achieve your ideal life, in which you include all the areas in which you want to improve and the things you are interested in achieving. …’m not going to lie to you: for some, it can be a bit overwhelming to see all your dreams and hopes on paper, especially if you don’t feel confident that you can achieve them. Therefore, working on your improvement and maintaining a positive attitude must also be included in the plan.
The best part of a life plan is that it grows and changes with you.
10 years ago we all knew what we wanted, but, likely,t is not what we want today. So you have to do a constant review, to evaluate the necessary modifications and stay focused on what is important.
Thanks to the fact that I sat down to create a life plan and hard work, today I can happily say that I have achieved things that I would never have imagined five years ago.
Benefits Of Having A Life Plan
If you are still not convinced of all this, I leave you what for me have been the greatest benefits of creating my life plan:
1. Clarify Your Priorities
If today you were asked (in order of importance) about your 5 priorities in life, what would you answer? Because maintaining the order of priorities should be an integral part of your life plan since the idea is to make the decision-making process easier for you.
To give an example: you answered that your family is priority number 1 and your friends, number 2. And it turns out that today you have to decide between going to dinner at your grandmother’s house and going to the movies with your friends. The decision should be obvious, shouldn’t it?
This does not mean that you always have to choose your family over everything. But if it re your number one priority, you should give it valuable time and pay special attention to it, which brings us to the next point.
2. It Keeps You Balanced
When we talk about balance, we usually mean equality. However, it is also true that not everything in life requires (or deserves) the same amount of time and attention.
In this case, staying balanced means giving each person or thing the necessary amount of time and attention that requires, but is also important to us.
If we waste time doing things that don’t retter to us, we won’t have enough time for those that we are passionate about and that can help us achieve our goals and follow the life plan we have dreamed of.
3. It Helps You Catalog Opportunities
We must make an effort to learn to catalog the opportunities that come our way, to choose only those that benefit us. If we have a life plan with the steps to achieve our goals things would be very simple.
For example: if one of your life plan goals (in the short term) is to write a book, and you are offered a job opportunity with a higher salary than you currently have, but with more extended hours, would you take it?If the salary you currently earn pays all your debts and also gives you the time you need to write that book, that “big opportunity” (with a better salary, but less free time for you), is not in line with your life plan. …Always keep in mind something very important: “You can do what you want in life, but not everything you want”. Sometimes you have to know how to choose, to be able to comply.
How To Create A Life Plan
This does not have to be a long or difficult process. Rethink that it is preferable to spend a couple of hours designing the structure we want for our lives, than to continue adrift working without clear goals, or worse, without any goal at all.
Step 1: Do A Clean
To start with your life plan, you must define the areas that are most important to you (family, relationships, friends, work, finances, health, etc.) and determine what works for you and what does not (this applies to trades, goals, habits a, and people).