Muhammad Ali said, “Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear us out, it’s the little pebble in our shoes.” Something small in your life today, if ignored,  has the power to potentially derail your long-term hopes or dreams.

This is where life planning comes in. Life planning is all about self-awareness: perspective about your past and how you've gotten where you are today can give you clarity about where you want to go and how to get there. Having a strategy for your life also gives you the opportunity to be a leader of high impact.

Ken Weigel is all about strategy. He is a strategy consultant and the Strategic Advisor at The Contingent. He also works in the strategic advancement department of The Bible Project. He joins podcast host Jared Siegel to talk about the importance of perspective in planning.

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Here are a few highlights from Jared's conversation with Ken Weigel:

  • “Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear us out, it’s the little pebble in our shoes,” Jared quotes. Perspective is important; something that may seem small today may have the potential to be a disaster in the future.
  • People dislike the idea of life planning because it requires them to stop doing what they’re doing, which they feel they cannot do because their work is significant.
  • When you know yourself inside out, you acquire a self-awareness that allows you to have greater clarity for what opportunities are right for you. This clarity helps you make better decisions.
  • A well-updated dashboard gives you the tools to develop self-awareness and allow it to be disclosed in appropriate places to the appropriate people in your life.
  • Self-care is not selfish. If your energy is depleted and your temper is short, you're not giving the best version of yourself to your family, work, or community. Taking time to recharge and invest in yourself is important.
  • Jared talks about the Thinking Wavelength, a tool that gives insights into one’s thought processes and patterns. He shares how it has helped him and his team.
  • “To be able to have a moment of clarity is to say what’s true about the current moment. We don’t want to only focus on what’s good or bad, but we do want to address the things that are confusing,” Jared says.