Sunday, 19 March 2017


In a youth meeting which took place on 19th March, 2017 in my church, Global Evangelical Church-Kotobabi, the speaker was asked to speak to the youths on “ How to Develop a 20 Year Life Plan.” I thought to share the lessons with you all through this blog post.

The message was delivered by a Presbyter in our church who is also a successful banker with Zenith Bank Ghana Limited, Mr. Ewoenam Kpodo. The meeting was well attended with approximately 42 youths of the church.

The speaker spoke on three questions to be used as a guiding tool in helping to plan the next 20 years of your life. 

These questions are:

1. Where am I?
2. Where am I going to or going to be?
4. How do I get there?

Where am I?

The first step in developing a plan for your life is for you to really access where you are in life now. You’ve got to access your strengths and weakness at the moment and ask yourself what you have been sent on this earth to do. 

Establish a purpose and mission for your life. Ask yourself where you are now in relation to your academic, career, financial, ministry, and spiritual and relationships life.

Where am I going to or to be?

The next step to take after you have finally accessed where you are in life now is to “develop a clear mental picture for your life”. The speaker stressed, “One of the worst things that can happen to any man is that you have eyes but don’t have a vision”.

Ask yourself:

 “What do I want to achieve in life”
 “What 10 things am I proud to achieve in life”
 “Where do I want to be in the next 5 years”
“Where do I want to be in the next 10 years”
“Where do I want to be in the next 20 years”

“Dreams are free; Dream big,” says the speaker. It’s good to have a dream, than not having a dream. So dream big and follow your dreams. Pen down your dreams in a journal and it is also good to think about your dreams, so you can register it in your mind.

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“How much the dream has consumed you will determine the level of effort you put into achieving it,” says the speaker. So, think and meditate over the dream until it has sunken deep down into your subconscious mind.

How do I get there?

The very last thing to do  to develop a 20 year plan for your life is to make a provisional strategic plan on how to achieve your dreams and visions. List at least  7 things you will do to achieve any item on your list. And then start immediately to work on your plan to achieve your dreams.

Prior to this you need to understand that “everything we do in life is a preparation,” the speaker noted. Don’t dwell on the "How" and paralyze yourself from achieving the dream. The most important thing is to have the dream, be obsessed about the dream and the “How” will come. Remember, Rome wasn't built in one day.

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In summary, there are 6 things you have to do to develop a 20 year plan for your life:

1. Have a dream.
2. Write down the dream.
3. Be obsessed with the dream.
4. Develop a plan on how to achieve the dream.
5. Work on your plans to achieve the dream.
6. Trust God to guide you to achieve the dream.

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Written by Francis Sabutey,
Content Writer and Content Marketer.

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