How to Create a Winning Life Plan

Do you know what it takes to win in life?  Do you have a plan for making your version of success a reality?

Winning collegiate and professional coaches have plans: game plans, half-time plans, season plans, and overall program plans.  You will find that those programs like Alabama Football, Penn State Women’s Volleyball, and, yes, even the New England Patriots Football have plans for everything they do.

That’s why they are so successful.  So, let’s look at some areas of focus needed to create a winning life plan this year.

#1: Foundation

Just like any successful coach knows, we have to begin at the beginning!  What situation do you have in your life right now?

If you haven’t already, consider investing in a personality profile test.  Then, take a look at your current situation.

Are you in a city you love?  Do you have a family?  Is your house a haven of peace?

If you want to create a winning life plan, you have to identify where you are right now.

#2: Values and Desires

The second part to create a winning life plan is to identify those values and desires that are most important to you.

What kind of settings are you most comfortable in?  Do you have a bucket list of places you want to go before you die?

Does your life reflect certain themes about you – loyalty, honesty, a bold spirit, independence, etc?

Whenever I ask someone what they are most passionate about they often struggle to answer.  So, here’s a good place to start: write down the last 5 movies you have watched, the last 2 books you’ve read, the types of music you listen to, and the top 3 places you would visit on a vacation.

Your answers will tell you a lot about your values and desires.

#3: Skills and Talents

What are you really good at?  Don’t sell yourself short here.

Maybe you have a knack for computers, data coding, arts and crafts, or teaching.  Part of creating a winning life plan is making sure you are spending around 85% of your time in your strengths.

I know you may be thinking that your current job does not match your strengths, and that’s okay for now.

If you think you are not matched in a career that fits you, check out this post to know if it’s time to change.

But if it’s not, make sure you are able to spend time in a hobby that engages your skills and talents.  Not every hobby needs to turn into an income producing opportunity.

#4: Action Plan

This is where we lay out the blueprints and the timeline of your life so you can take action!

I want you to take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle of it.  On one side of the paper list out your top personality traits, skills, talents, values, and desires.

On the other side of the paper write yes or no beside each item (whether you are using that skill or have realized that dream already in your life).

Then, flip your paper over and rewrite all of your no answers.  See if you can narrow it down to a top 3 that seem to be most important to you.

Now that you have a top 3, let’s put a timeline to it.  Can these 3 things be accomplished this year?  If so, your next step is to post these top 3 items in as many visible places that you can.

Repetition and visual cues are key to your success.  But what if the dream will take longer than a year?  Honestly, it does not matter if it will take longer than a year.

The process is still the same: take action every day!

My prayer for each person I meet along my life journey is that they would take the steps toward the desires of their heart.




  1. Marques September 11, 2017 at 12:53 PM - Reply

    Another great read Johnny, I loved the ending where you basically just say who cares if it’s going to take longer than a year. I’ll leave you with this quote, “People overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in 10” – Tony Robbins

    • Johnny September 12, 2017 at 1:22 PM - Reply

      That is such a great quote!

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