Whether you are grown or a high school student, we all need short-term and long-term goals. This post is about long-term goals. You know, those goals that sometimes get lost in the chaos of everyday life and just trying to make it through right now.
Here’s the thing, if we do not make decisions now to better our lives, we’ll look up in 20 years and wonder what happened.
Today I encourage you to think about the life you want 20 years from now. Pray about it. Think about the things you will need to have that life. Then pray again.
The praying is very important here, because you need to be sure your ideas match God’s will for your life. The praying is also important because when you need to make decisions that are not understood by anyone but you, or when things get tough, or when you start to second guess yourself, you’ll find peace knowing that your decisions are based on God’s guidance.
Now start working on a plan. Here are a few questions that can help:
What does a good life in 20 years look like to you? Don’t think about what others expect of you or of things that will impress others. Think of the things that bring you joy, peace and happiness.
Who is in that age group now that you admire? Why? Study their life choices and learn from them. If possible, find someone that will speak with you, either in person or online. This is a great way to get a mentor, too.
What type of career (if any) do you want? Look to your talents and things that you enjoy for inspiration.
What type of people do you want in your circle? You can consider status, but the most important things to consider are the character and morals of these people. Also, consider what they want for their own life. If you are surrounded by people that don’t have high aspirations, it is unlikely they are going to encourage you with yours.
Now make a decision today to get you closer to where you want to be. And if you’re comfortable share that decision. I would love to know what you are doing to make yourself better.
And if you have questions to add share that, too.