The 5 AM Miracle with Jeff Sanders

#031: Why 25-Year Plans are Worthless and How to Design Your Life Without One [P

January 26, 201425 min
Most of us are really bad at estimating time and planning for the future. In today's episode of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast I reveal why long-term plans don't work and how to prepare today for a future you can't predict.

Photo Credit: Jeff Sanders

Speaking of long-term plans . . . this picture of me is the product of an idea I had a year ago based on a goal to build a film/photography studio in my house.

Mission accomplished.
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Featured Content
In this episode, I share 7 strategies for how you can effectively plan your life:

Why 25-year plans are doomed for failure.
How to eliminate long-term planning without ditching ambitious goals.
How to visualize what you do with 7 effective life planning strategies.
Developing the skills today that you will certainly need tomorrow.
Living with a sense of urgency.
Focusing on what success really means: progress towards worthy ideals.
Implementing a new 12-week focus for goal achievement.

Resources Mentioned in the Show

The Journey May Be Unpredictable, But You Can Do Something Now [blog post]
Getting Things Done [book by David Allen]
Graduated and Clueless [my book]
John Goddard [the world's greatest goal achiever]
Kayaks Down the Nile [book by John Goddard]
The Survivor [book by John Goddard]
Your Bucket List is Screaming Your Name [blog post]
My Skydiving Video [blog post]
7 Life Planning Strategies That Really Work [blog post]
Sean Stephenson [website]
When Life Works List Video [by Sean Stephenson]
Earl Nightingale and The Strangest Secret [blog post]
The 12-Week Year [book by Brian Moran]


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