What If You Framed Your 5-Year Plan As a Lifelong Mission?

“Manifesting your dreams” and diligent work go hand-in-hand

Marta Brzosko


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As the New Year’s “fresh start” effect has worn off, I crashed. A few days ago, a huge wave of doubt and worry has swallowed me for an entire day.

The life I wanted to build in the next five years suddenly felt like a lot of work. And not in a healthy, motivating, I-got-this kind of way. Rather, I was deep down in the waters of loneliness, self-loathing, and overwhelm.

Not what I want to be feeling when I think about exciting plans to start an eco-village, develop my facilitation practice, and plant a permaculture garden.

From that place, I was ready to cancel my dreams. I was ready to give up on great opportunities that just landed in my lap. Suddenly, it all felt like shooting for the stars — and not in the positive sense.

After I had a good night’s sleep, I was able to reframe all this. I re-grounded myself in my intentions and values. Yes — I do want to pursue this plan of mine that has been shaping itself up ever since I left school.

But what if I gave myself a bit longer than five years to do that?

Building Your Resources Isn’t the Same as Procrastination

I have a couple of friends with whom I’ve been talking about starting an eco-village. It feels that the time to do it is now. Why wait?

My friends are teaching me patience by encouraging to not rush things. Rick said that to start something big like a co-living project, we need to build resources first. It’s good to know we won’t be starving while we wait for our permaculture garden to grow.

We need a secure base from which to venture into a big plan like this.

My other friend, Beth, alerted me to the importance of establishing individual identity and agency in the world first. It’s a helpful thing before venturing into community living full on. Beth told me how important it has been for her to live alone for the past two years, and build a home within herself. This will support her to meet the challenges of communal living in the future.