How to Plan for your Future
When you’re young you sometimes think you have all the time in the world to plan for your future, then one day you realise that you have to make important decisions that involve your future like what subjects to take by the end of Grade 9, whether you will be furthering your education after Matric or deciding on your career path after Matric.
The thing is chomas, the choices we make from a young age – from the sports games we choose to play in primary school to the subjects we decide to take by the end of Grade 9 - can affect the direction of our future. I’m not saying that all of your future plans should be made now chomas – you can always change the direction of your future at any age – but the journey can be made easier if you plan for it from today.
Deciding on your future
Go to a quiet place, a place where you can think for as long as you want knowing that you won’t be disturbed. Use your time here to think about what you want your future to be like and where you’d like to end up.
Think about what you are passionate about, what you are good at and what you currently enjoy doing, like an activity you’d be happy doing every day even if it means not getting paid for it. What might also help is talking to your friends and family and asking them what they believe you’re good at. This may give you a better understanding of where your future is headed. Just remember that at the end of the day the decision is yours. You don’t want to end up planning towards something you know you won’t enjoy.
Set your goals
Do you like children or volunteering at an orphanage? Maybe you should look into becoming a paediatrician, teacher or social worker. Do you make people laugh? Maybe you could become a comedian or a writer. Write everything you enjoy doing and that will help you start setting your goals. Once you know what you want to do, research your goal and find out as much as possible about it.
Detail your actions and set deadlines
Once you have set out your goals on your piece of paper, you need to write out your steps in detail and give yourself a deadline. Set a deadline for each step and keep a record of the steps you’ve taken and completed towards your goals. This will show you how close you are to your goals. If you missed your deadline, find out what stopped you from completing the step. Are you putting in enough effort or is there something else distracting you?
Do volunteer work in the industry you want to be in or with the people who have achieved the goals you want to achieve. No matter how young you are, you can always meet people that may later on become your business partners or help you reach your goals.
Always believe you can
It’s important to believe in yourself and your abilities to reach your goals choma. See yourself already achieving those goals. For example, imagine that you have bought yourself that house or gotten that qualification. Visualising your goal will keep you motivated choma! Now, work towards your goal and never stop until you have achieved them all.
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future and what you want to do. Always trust in yourself and be proud of taking this first step to planning for your future!
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