Understanding your life stages offers
several insights into your future.
1. The stages iIllustrate the continuity and progression
of life through ten stages.
2. The change from each stage to next identifies major periods of
change in your life.
3. The stages invite visualization, images, of each of the life stages
in your future.
4.Each stage identifies a time frames for planning
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.
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 .