They say life is what happens when you’re making other plans. I have found that some of the of most significant events in my life have often happened in the most surprising of ways.
Volunteering to help a church put on an event one Summer took me just 12 miles away but led me to the woman I am now married to.
A chance phone call from a friend led me to work the day job I’ve been doing for the last 8 years.
A conversation with a friend in the Summer led me to selling my house and upsizing into a doer-upper!
I guess what I’m trying to say is we need to recognise the significance of each conversation, each moment, each opportunity and to seize the chances when they arrive to move forward in our lives.
So make a plan. It almost doesn’t matter if the plan doesn’t actually happen but by making one you are making a decision to live intentionally rather than just go with the flow. Your plan will act like a map to orientate you according to your goals and your circumstances, which will inevitably change over time but creating one will enable you to gain some control over your life.
Understanding where you are and what you need to be doing to get to where you want to be is critical to forward momentum. Staying still is actually going backwards as other people will be passing you by and so will the opportunity to learn from them and to walk alongside them, that kind of empathy cannot be taught, it must be bought, with hard work and dedication.
Then maybe you can start to influence others, positively.