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If you have ever read the book, “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson you will understand the power of compounding effort (or lack thereof) or interest. The major lesson is that daily disciplines done consistently may not show much of a difference over a short period of time. However, over a longer period those efforts have a compounding effect and you realize great success.
On the other hand, errors in judgment will not show much of a difference over a short period but over a longer period they will have serious negative consequences. I have gone through both types of experiences and the latter is one I would not want to repeat.
Perhaps you have heard successful people tell you that you need to have at least a five year plan for your life but never really understood the significance. From my experience five years is important for setting long term goals which you can break down into years, months, weeks and days.
After five years when you reflect on what you have done you will have a good picture of whether or not you made wise judgments over that period of time. Instead of waiting to learn the hard way it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes and set yourself up for success.
Having said that let us look at some of the mistakes you can avoid by having a solid life plan for your life:
1. Wasting resources
Resources are tools that you can use to work toward accomplishing your goals. If you are wise you will put them to good use but if not you will lose most of them and not even know what happened to them. Resources are not just limited to money but can be anything that can be useful in the pursuit of your goals.
“A fool and his money are soon parted.” ~ English Proverb
With a five year plan you will know how best and when to use the resources at your disposal. You will also know in what measure to use them too. That is the benefit of planning long term because it keeps you disciplined to be wise in the use of your resources.
With the changes happening around the world it appears that resources are becoming scarce. Salaries are being cut for some people while others are being retrenched. If you are not prepared for such scenarios you may find yourself in trouble.
2. Wasting time
While you can get more resources with time unfortunately you can never recover lost time. Wasted time can be devastating when you come to the realization that you didn’t get to do certain things while you had the chance.
“Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” ~ Ephesians 5:15-16
This is especially true in the time of your youth. When you grow older and have more responsibilities such as taking care of family some things you want to do become more of a challenge. While it is never impossible it is much more difficult to pursue some things when you have responsibilities compared to when you are young and single.
3. Broken relationships
In Romans 12:18 Paul appeals to the Romans saying, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” God puts certain people in our lives for a reason. Some may be seasonal and others for life. At every stage of life do your best to treat other people well because you never know where that relationship will take you.
I am not implying being friends with everyone you meet lest you find yourself in unholy alliances. However, whether friend or enemy have respect for everyone you come into contact with. God can use your enemies to lead you to your destiny. If your relationships are right you won’t have too many challenges engaging people when you need help.
4. A miserable future for your descendants
If your life is continually disorganized your children and generations to come will be the ones to bear the brunt of your poor decision making. I have witnessed families that were left with nothing when the head passed on or left with debts to pay off left by the man.
I am sure you do not desire to experience this in your own life. Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” It takes having a life plan to achieve such a feat.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope you will take the lessons and plan your future more effectively.