Planning for the future topic continues…
We’ve had several opportunities in the last couple of weeks to sit together as a family and exercise our planning muscles. Here is a shortened list of topics:
- College Admission
- College Budgeting
- College Transportation
- Summer Volunteering
- Summer Travel
- Graduation Party
For a little bit of context, my professional background is program management. I am the planning pro. I’ve used several very logical planning methods. I have a professional certificate and a master’s degree in this discipline. All of these credentials have NO applicability to planning with a teenager. Don’t believe me?
I like to start out with a simple problem solving model [because everything we try to plan with a teenager is a huge life or death problem].
- Identify the problem or goal
- Develop alternatives to solve the problem or achieve your goal
- Analyze the alternatives
- Select the best alternative
- Plan action steps for the best alternative
- Execute the steps
- Evaluate the results.
Straight forward and simple, right. Let’s get started.
1. Identify the problem or goal for your future vocation:
Ok, I don’t have a problem, but, well, it’s like, you know, the time when the Nazis invaded Poland and…
Wait. Wait. Wait. I thought we were trying to plan your future vocation?
What? You asked me if I had a problem.
No, I didn’t. I asked you to define your future work goal.
Oh. Well, my mind likes to look at the big picture and there are a lot of messed up leaders in the world. Do you think anybody ever considers the motivations of a dictator? Did you hear about the mess in North Korea?
What does North Korea have to do with your future work?
Maybe I should consider going to school in Wisconsin.
Stop, stop, stop. I am lost here. I need you to give me a list of jobs you might be interested in.
I really should look into scholarships so I don’t have to spend my own college money when I get my degree in International Relations and work for the UN as a Diplomat.
Hey. Look at that. We are on step 7. Good job. [“Where is the Tylenol?” (Clark Griswold)]
And so goes nearly every simple problem solving activity.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
- What is your plan? -