Understanding your life stages offers several insights into your future.
1. The stages iIllustrate the continuity and progression of life through ten stages.
The change from each stage to next identifies major periods of change in your life.
The stages invite visualization, images, of each of the life stages in your future.
stage identifies a time frames for planning
To begin planning for your futures, look at the life
stage descriptions above and determine which life stage you are in now. Next, determine the stage for which you want to create
scenarios and a strategic plan. If you are only a few years into your present life stage, plan for this stage. If you have
less than five years remaining in this stage, plan for the remainder of this stage and the next stage together. In middle
age or Independent stage, plan for the next ten years.
Although you will probably do detailed exploration
and planning for only one stage at this time, it is important that you look ahead to the other stages, all the way to the
end of life, so you will have a view of your entire life. You will find that decisions you make early in life will have impacts
on later life, and a full life view will be helpful.
More about the stages of life and how these stages relate to your life
and your future can be found in our free workbook, “The Personal Futures Workbook.” The workbook is described
on the “Free Downloads" page .