What is the difference between planning your life and having a vision for your life?
Planning is about putting steps in place to progress along a particular pre-planned path from point A (where you are right now) to point B (the place you want to reach). Planning assumes that the path is clear, the route will be unhindered and will remain unchanged.
Having a vision for your life determines the direction in which you wish to travel and a big picture destination, but keeps you open to all possibilities along the path, including choosing a new path.
Planning is useful, but sets you up for some major challenges if the plan is inflexible, that is, if you are committed to your plan rather than being open to Life's plan. Planning is about insisting on my will rather than being open to Thy will. Pursuing a vision is the opposite.
The planning approach to Life often leads to disappointment, because no matter how much you insist that Life should align with your plans, the reality is that Life requires you to align with its plans for you.
When your vision is clear, unambiguous and your integrity is in place behind that vision, Life will align itself to support you to pursue your vision. The path that Life chooses for you may not be what you originally had in mind, but what Life offers will also be accompanied by the learnings you need to move forward in your life.
However, if you decide to plan your life meticulously, be prepared to have your plans disrupted. As I wrote in my last blog, quoting, the late K Bradford Brown: "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans."