What Your 20-Year Plan Can Do for You – #TomFerryShow

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Today’s #TomFerryShow is an excerpt from tomorrow’s special Thanksgiving week episode of the Tom Ferry Podcast Experience. Be sure to listen to the whole episode tomorrow!


When you get in your car, do you have an intent of where you want to go? Or do you just start the engine, step on the gas and start making random turns – and eventually see where you end up?

Of course 99.9% of the time, you have a destination in mind.

But when it comes to something as important as your life’s journey, which approach do you take?

I suspect far fewer people have a plan for their lives than have a plan for where they’re driving.

I’m talking about having a 20-year vision.

I’ve found it to be exciting, inspiring, discipline-building, and extremely fulfilling.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, when you know where you want to go, you can align your actions and behaviors with those goals.

And that’s exactly what a 20-year vision will do for you.


It’s Simple. Here’s How to Create Yours…

Sit down, put pen to paper, and write out your future based on this ideal:

If I could really go for it and things go well, what would my life look like?

Then, get specific. Talk about where you’ll be, what you’ll be doing, the feelings you’ll have, what others who are close to you will be doing.

What you want to do is create a target for where you want to end up. Don’t feel like you’re setting the next 20 years in stone. Your vision can always change. The important part is to have something to aspire to.

I created my 20-year vision in 2015, and I just achieved one of the goals… moving from California to a high-rise in either NYC, Seattle, or Dallas. I’m writing this looking out over the stunning Dallas skyline from our new place!

Now that’s fulfilling!


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Are You Driving with No Destination in Mind?

Here’s the alternative… If you never create aspirations or that “target” I spoke of, life moves quickly and has a way of passing you by without ever having “gone for it” – with “it” being whatever it is you want out of life.

You also miss out on the daily motivation of having something that you’re working toward. Mornings feel a lot different when you know exactly where you’re headed vs. waking up to just slog through another day.


Give Yourself a Rich Life

Seeing you’re “making this up” as my son Michael said to me when I showed him my 20-year vision, make sure to make yourself well-rounded.

Too many people end up focusing on just one area of their life, and then they lack balance and overall fulfillment.

In my 20-year vision, I include all of the 8 Equities of Life that you’ve probably heard me mention previously:

  • Physical
  • Family/Relationships
  • Income/Wealth
  • Career
  • Mindset/Attitude
  • Social/Fun
  • Spiritual
  • Contribution

Some might be more meaningful to you than others, and that’s okay. Just don’t ignore them completely.

This might help… go ahead and download this wheel chart to determine where you stand today with the 8 Equities.


In Closing, I Just Want to Say…

Thank you. Thank you for watching, for reading the blog, for listening to the podcast, for following on social… It means a lot to me to be a part of your life, and I hope you know that. I take my role very seriously and want nothing but the best for you.

So thank you for being part of my life as well.

Whether you’re here in the U.S. celebrating Thanksgiving or elsewhere around the world, here’s wishing you a great week, a strong finish to 2020, and your #BestYearEver in 2021.





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