By James R. Lint
Faculty Member, School of Business, American Military University
No prospective business owner starts a business without a plan. Some entrepreneurs scratch out ideas on a napkin and later transform those ideas into a professional business plan. A professional business plan leads to results; it enables business owners to get funding from banks or venture capitalists and start their business.
Plans make businesses successful. Successful people also make life plans and live by them.
Unfortunately, many people do not have a life plan. Some people do more planning for a vacation than they do to have a successful life.
A Life Plan Answers Important Questions
Why shouldn’t you be successful, too? Start your life plan by answering the following questions:
- What are your personal and professional goals for the next five or 10 years?
- What is your plan for three years from now?
- How are you going to accomplish your goals?
- What concrete actions have you taken to succeed?
- Did you follow a plan to further success?
It’s reassuring to know you are moving toward your five-year goal. Likewise, it’s good to know the problems that impede your success.
Problems are like roadblocks. You can solve them if you recognize them and find the best person to help you around them.
A mentor can offer you a different route that you can safely follow to your destination of success. Having this type of guide is much better than guessing where you are going.
Not having a plan is like waiting for a winning lottery ticket. It is a plan of sorts, but it’s doubtful you will win.
It would be wonderful if high schools and colleges would require each student to prepare a life plan as a graduation requirement. However, schools are not responsible for your life plan. It’s your responsibility to make the map for your journey.
Start Your Life Plan Early
What are you are doing to build your own plan? What are you doing to be able to retire successfully? The time to make a plan is as early as possible even though it might change and go in a different direction. Even goals can be modified.
Start making your plan for success today. Planning today is better than waiting until tomorrow; today gives you an extra day to map out your future.
About the Author
James R. Lint recently retired as the (GG-15) civilian director for intelligence and security, G2, U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command. He is an adjunct professor at AMU. James has been involved in cyberespionage events from just after the turn of the century in Korea supporting 1st Signal Brigade to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis as the first government cyber intelligence analyst. He has 38 years of experience in military intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, government contracting and civil service.
Additionally, James started the Lint Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit charity that recently awarded its 43th scholarship for national security students and professionals. James was also elected as the 2015 national vice president for the Military Intelligence Corps Association. He has also served in the Department of Energy’s S&S Security Office after his active military career in the Marine Corps for seven years and also served 14 years in the Army. His military assignments include South Korea, Germany and Cuba in addition to numerous CONUS locations. James has authored a book published in 2013, “Leadership and Management Lessons Learned,” and a new book in 2016 “8 Eyes on Korea, A Travel Perspective of Seoul, Korea.”