Any good strategic plan has all of its parts balanced into a cohesive and concise document. One that is a living, breathing guide. One that will guide the institution or organization forward in an intentional and thoughtful way.
I've been approaching my life in very much this same way these days.
For me (in both work and life) I tend to examine all of the different moving parts together all at once and then parse out what is useful and discard what is not.
I have discovered those parts of my personal strategic plan that are important and have been letting go of those parts that have not been working for me.
This hasn't been easy. Change is hard.
But I think I've nailed it- at least for now.
And for me, it starts with balance.
If you would have asked me a few months ago how I found balance in my life, I would have just looked at you cockeyed and smiled. Balance was something that was a myth- something that you had after you retired.
There was simply no time- with having a child, and work, and activities, and other responsibilities.
But I was missing it. Big time.
Once I left my full time job, my life opened up in a way that I have not experienced before.
Suddenly I had time to seek balance. I had time to spend time with my daughter, time to organize my house, and time to really put thought and effort into my work passion.
And I have discovered that in order for me to have balance, I must have these things:
Time for my family, specifically my daughter;
Time for my friends;
Time to do those things that bring me joy- writing, reading, playing my guitar, spending time outdoors;
Time to take care of my physical self;
Time to be near or at the water; and
Time to nurture my spiritual self- through prayer, medidation, reading, and listening to my spiritual counselors/teachers.
This new chapter in my life has given me space to find the balance I need as I put together my own life's living breathing strategic plan.
And I think I'm on a good path. My business has some good clients, and several more on the horizon.
I feel healthy and clear about my current journey and, well, balanced.
But the truth is that this is more than finding balance and developing a good, personal strategic plan.