Ever wonder what your 5 year plan is like? You may have a vague idea of it, but perhaps it’s not exactly what you had visioned for your future? What if you wanted to take the plunge to become a full time business owner? What if you had always been exploring working remotely full time on the beaches of Bali? Of course, not forgetting that we have to take into consideration all the personal commitments that we have to our loved ones as well.
Last week I came across this concept of envisioning your next 5 years. In the book ‘Designing Your life’
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
- they highlighted a decision making tool called ‘The Odyssey Plan’
a graphic representation of three possible alternative lives you might live over the next five years.
Most of you have probably heard of writing a 5 year plan, but what makes this different is that you will design 3 different versions of your next five years. Designing 1 version is already difficult enough, so why 3?
We often believe that we only have one life ahead of us. Understanding that we have the potential of exploring multiple futures, or multiples lives, can help clarify which path to choose. The future is only a perception of what might become, a reality that hasn’t happened yet. This enables you to explore different paths, before committing to a single one.
So how do you go about creating an Odyssey Plan? You can check this
article out as they showcase a concrete example of a typical Odyssey plan and you can utilise this
template to try it out!
Plan A) Further developing your current life route
Plan B) What’s Plan B? An alternate career path perhaps?
Plan C) If you had all the money in the world, what would you choose to do?
Step 2: Give each plan a six-word title and write down three questions about each version of your life.
The great thing about this plan is that it should present a holistic view of what you think your possible life could be, so remember to also factor in some important personal life decisions in your plan as well!
The ultimate goal here is to realise that there are many different careers and lives within you, and it’s a great way to address the ‘what ifs’ with the possible ‘how tos’.
I’m going to spend some time doing this exercise in the next few weeks, hopefully it’ll help some of you who are thinking about your life path!
Till the next time,