Helping Others To Have A “Life Plan”

As a school counselor, I am increasingly mindful of our Department of Education’s mandate to have every student document a “Plan for Earning, Learning, and Living.” The theory that if students have a purpose for being in school, they will stay in school, may hold a lot of credibility. I ran across Michael Hyatt’s blog “Creating a Life Plan“. Mr. Hyatt is CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Mr. Hyatt begins: “I have met very few people who have a plan for their lives. Most are passive spectators, watching their lives unfold a day at a time. They may plan their careers, the building of a new home, or even a vacation. But it never occurs to them to plan their life. As a result, many end up discouraged and disillusioned, wondering where they went wrong.”

I like what Michael Hyatt suggests. Perhaps this can be the most rewarding part of a school counselor’s life. Encouraging a student to set and achieve high goals is very worthwhile. But, even though, this may meet the satisfaction of the administration, parents, and students, does this effort glorify our Lord? Inspiring, encouraging, or teaching students that life goals are important may require a variety of teaching / counseling strategies, how can we avoid supporting the cultural goals of pursuing power, possessions, and / or pleasure. Are there some life goals that are unethical? I think so! How can a school counselor move a student to pursue goals that reflect God’s leading? This will definitely take much prayer and thought!

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