Sometimes life can throw a curve ball to you. Most of us become lost, confused and frustrated. At times like these I like to sit down and write out a plan. It can start by writing down the current situation and then what I would like the end result to be. Then I can brainstorm things that can get me to the end result. I like to write anything that comes into my head, no matter how silly or out of this world it might sound. Thinking outside the box is exciting and helps relieve the doldroms of life. Making a plan can be applied to almost any situation. For example, a recent high school graduate is trying to decide what to study at university so they can get the job they want. So this person could write down the subjects they’re interested in and then brainstorm jobs that could be related. Then they can look at how in demand that job is currently or will be in the future. They can also look at jobs that are in a related field for broader reach. That’s just one example of how planning can help you. But my point is, when you don’t know to do with your life, know when you need to make a plan. When you’re frustrated, you can’t think straight and your mind will tend to jump all over the place for a solution. So take a deep breath (or more), take stock of where you are, where you want to end up and make a plan. When you start seeing the steps you need to take in order to make your goal a reality, you will feel prepared to deal with what comes along. Another good thing about having a plan is that when others try to dissuade you from your goal, you can make some valid points as to what you will do to make it happen. That in turn will help you to feel more confident about where you’re going.