Friday, September 28, 2018

A Story of Life Planning Results

Life Planning Yields Big Results for You

Some years ago, I was at a very low point in life.  I was a couple years into a new entrepreneurial endeavor.  My family and I had relocated over one thousand miles, we had invested all our available cash and I was working like a dog, along with a team of others, to see this new vision become a reality.  After a couple of years, it became clear I was not going to receive the return on investment I had hoped for; neither financially nor the sweat equity I had invested.  It just wasn’t going to happen, and I had to find a way to deal with that reality. Meanwhile, I had a wife and four young boys at home who needed me to be a husband and a dad. 

Thankfully, I was able to cut my losses and get out of the bad situation I had created.  But that left me as a 39-year-old father of four with no money in the bank, no job, and no real prospects.  On top of that, I was emotionally crushed by my recent failure and I seriously lacked confidence in myself.  My best move, at the time, was to go to work mowing grass for a landscaping crew just to create some income and try and keep my family afloat.  Those were some long days pushing a mower.  With every row I cut, I thought about my failure and descended deeper into my emotional hole.

Thankfully, I had met a leadership coach during my entrepreneurial days who had talked about what he called a life-changing process called life-planning.  He and I kept in contact throughout my transition.  Finally, in July of 2012, I went through the Life Planning process with him and it was the beginning of a wonderful turn around I will forever be grateful for. 

During my life-planning work with him, I gained incredible perspective on where I had been, where I was and where I wanted to be.  With the help of my coach, I created personal vision and values.  I created goals with feasible action steps.  I created an accountability plan for those goals that I could actually keep in play. 

The changes in me began immediately and the results were dramatic.  I began believing in myself again.  I gained a whole new appreciation and love for my family.  I went to work with a purpose in mind, not a weight on my shoulders. I gained a sense of gratefulness and contentment while still holding a clear picture of what my future would hold. 

Now, over six years later, I still see that Life Planning process as the catalyst for nearly every good move I’ve made since.  I’ve achieved the goals I set, and I’ve created many new ones.  I’ve become certified to facilitate Life Planning with others.  I’ve coached many people through this same life-changing process that helped correct the course of my life.  One of my greatest desires would be to help you get clear on where you’ve been, where you are and where you will be in the future. You have that opportunity before you right now.  You have the opportunity to see some of the same results I did and even some fresh results that will be unique to you.  Maybe you’re not at a crisis point like I was.  That doesn’t matter.  If you think there is something more for you in this life, this may just be how you find it.  You may be navigating a personal or professional transition.  You may be in a plateau in your life.  You may be looking to make the jump from success to significance. No matter the stage or season you are in, Life Planning can be an invaluable tool to get you from where you are to where you want to be – even if you’re not yet sure where that may be.

At Lead Self Lead Others, we have created an incredible six-month, five-phase Life Planning process designed to deliver the results you’re looking for in your life.  It kicks off November 3 with an intensive one-day workshop at the beautiful Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  If you think this might be for you, fill out this quick online application. It will help us assess your readiness for the Life Planning process and does not cost you anything, nor does it obligate you to anything at all. You can also see a great overview of the six-month process right here.  

You were made to do great things in this life.  We can help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

Download a 1-page overview to review or share right here!

 *Jason is a certified leadership and strategic planning coach with Lead Self Lead Others, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is also a certified “StratOp” facilitator with the Paterson Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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