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Friday, 28 August 2009 08:38

If you have a Life-Plan make the most of it!!!

(10 Life altering Questions)


 Dr. Gustav Gous

We take more care in planning birthday parties, weddings and vacations, than planning our lives! We are also so focused on making a living, that we forget to live. Perhaps Jean-Paul Sartre was right when he said:

“Everything has been igured out, except how to live.”

Work will be a pleasure if you do what comes Naturally – if you choose a job true to yourself and your abilities. You will never be without a jobor entrepreneurial salary, if you (with your abilities) fulfill a real need.

I believe the lost art of how to live can be mastered if you plan it properly. Planning your life is more than grabbing a clock, calendar, digital diary and year planner. You can do all of this and become more effective, but you can be effectively doing the wrong thing. You can even start to climb the ladder of success, but run the risk of realising too late that it was standing against the wrong wall all the time. The secret to success in life is not to have all the answers but to ask the right questions first!


Here are 10 provocative questions (taken from the Life

Planning Workshop©)

Get answers to these

and happiness might follow as a natural by-product.

Question 1: Who

am I? My Identity.

To know yourself is the starting point for wise

living. First find who you are and then make

a decision that you will live true to yourself.


• Test your wings in different situations

• Look in the mirror

• Go for psychometric testing

• Ask for feedback (from friends and enemies)

• Try new things

The greatest unhappiness on earth is people selling/prostituting their true identity for a cheap dime.

Question 2: Why on earth am I on earth? My life purpose.

Life purpose is linked to identity: If you know you are an apple tree – then it is easy to determine your purpose on earth: To produce

apples! Stress is when you ask an apple tree to produce oranges! Your purpose is connected to your design. But it is also connected to a

need on earth. There is not a single life purpose on earth that is not connected to a need.

• Doctors – to fulfill the need for healing

• Teachers – for educating children

• Personal assistants – the need for order and organization, etc.

• You find your life purpose by connecting your abilities to specific needs.

Question 3: What must I do? My profession.

Choose you profession in line with your purpose. You can live your life purpose through a variety of your life purpose through a variety of jobs – before and after retirement.

Question 4: With whom must I share life? My relations, life partner, business partners, colleagues, teams, etc.

If you know who you are, your choice of a partner will be much easier. You can make a fitting choice because you can compare them to what you are. The greatest pain and joy in life is connected to choices in this area.

Question 5: Who must I use as model or which set of guidelines must I use to give shape to my life? My beliefs, faith and values.

You become what you model. If your hero in life is a Mafia boss or terrorist, you will probably become one.

• Make a list of your beliefs and values and the content of your faith.

• Make sure that your beliefs are chosen truths that bring life and not death to the party!

• Ask yourself: Are these values good rules for success? Example: It is better to love people and use money than the other way.You will reap what you sow here.

Question 6: What do I still want to do before I die? My dreams.

Make a list of everything you would like to become or achieve, everything you want, every place you want to visit, everything you would like to do before you die one day.

Question 7: How much time do I have left? My life expectancy.

Your life planning will probably be determined by your age. But because your time of death is always uncertain; take a guideline here: Live as if you are going to die tomorrow and plan as if you are going to live for a very long time.

Question 8: Which aspects do I have to give attention to in my wheel of life? My family, physical, social, spiritual, professional, financial, aspects of my life balance.

Map all these aspects on one page and take a close look at it: Where is all my time and money going? Ask yourself: Do I have balance in life? Identify the neglected parts and prioritize accordingly.

Question 9: What process of action steps must I take to fulfill my dreams in each sphere of life? My plan.

Only here you start to use the planning tools of goal setting, calendars, year planners, scheduling, delegating, etc.

Question 10: What is my legacy going to be when I die? My legacy.

The last question is to ask yourself about the legacy you would like to leave. Will people be relieved the day when you die (there goes another dictator, oxygen thief, etc), or will they be saddened by the loss of a great woman/man. If you begin with the end in mind (your legacy you would like to leave in people and structures), it will help you to decide on what to focus on every day.

Get answers to these questions – it can help you regain the art of living to make the most of your life.

I close with three quotes:

Oliver Wendell Holmes:

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so?

Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.

Before they know it, time runs out.


Isaac Asimov:

If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.

I’d type a little faster.


Joan Baez:

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when.

You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.



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