Think About and Plan For Your Future

Updated: May 30, 2020

“Think about and plan for your future.”

That’s an advise I often heard from teachers when I was still in high school.

And just like any regular teenager… I thought about it for a moment, decided haphazardly what I wanted to be, and then chose to live life at the present moment.

“Today is where I am, and I should focus on what’s in front of me rather than what’s still far ahead.”

That was what I told myself back then; that was the mindset I had; and that was the philosophy I lived with during college and my early years in the corporate world.

While some people can certainly afford to think and live that way, the hard reality is that – most of us can’t.

It was a few years after I started working when I realized that there really is a need to think about and plan for the future, simply because it will certainly come.

Ask yourself, which has a greater chance of happening:

  • You, reaching 30 years old; or you, dying in a freak accident during your 20s?
  • You, reaching 50 years old; or you, dying from a fatal disease before that?

While the negative scenarios can certainly happen, especially if you live life carelessly; they are however, for most people… very unlikely to happen because all of us are empowered with the will to live a long and fruitful life.

Think about and plan for the future.

These are big words that can often overwhelm and paralyze – I know because it happened to me.

Almost daily, I’d ask and question myself about my goals and where I wanted my life to go, and oftentimes – only uncertainly or silence would come from my mind.

Most of my friends said that it was just a case of quarter-life crisis, but I believed it was more than that. So I just kept on thinking about and tried my best to plan for the future.

Until, somewhere along the way, I was able to fully imbibe that mindset. I know it came in slow, but it stayed with me and never left.


Think long-term

I realized that life is full of choices, and each time we decide, we are actually choosing between short-term happy moments, and long-term joyful chapters in later life.

Should I buy this shoes which are on sale or should I buy that recipe book on healthy home-cooked meals? The first choice will make me look good in the next few months; but the second one will help me become and stay healthy for many years.

Should I go out and watch a movie this weekend or should I stay home and work on a business plan? The first choice will entertain me for a few hours; but the second one will help me get out of the corporate world and quit the rat race.

Should I use this extra money to buy a new smartphone or should I invest it in the stock market? The first choice will make me happy in the next couple of years; but the second one will help me retire early and live comfortably from that time until the rest of my life.

The choice is yours; and I hope you choose to think long-term most of the time.

We all need those short-term happy moments… but remember to start and continue writing those long-term joyful chapters of your life today.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for this Fitz. It’s really a great reminder on the importance of planning and making sure that we are pursuing the right things in our lives.

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