There are a range of planning tools available, but whatever you choose to use the basic idea is to start with a big vision, overflowing with possibilities and then break it into achievable bite-sized pieces. All plans are different because people’s ideas about what makes a good life is different.
Having a plan that is written down is an easy way of formalising your vision. Seeing it on paper helps make it real! Once it is written down, it can be shown to people and this helps to make sure that everyone is on the same page and heading in the same direction. And it is important to revisit the plan often. Planning, reviewing and planning again is essential because at different points it will be necessary to reassess the vision and the steps to achieving it. This will help to make sure everyone involved in the journey is continuing in the same direction.
We also think it is really important to acknowledge milestones! Each bite-sized achievement is a step closer to the good life, and this is a cause for celebration!
ImagineBetter can facilitate planning that will encourage you and your whānau to look ahead, dream big and imagine the best possible life. We work with you to plan for ways in which you or your family member can live as a valued, contributing member of the community. And the planning processes we use respect people’s diverse beliefs, values and cultural practices. Have a look at Jack and Jamie’s experiences of PATH planning.
Resourcing Families, an initiative of Family Advocacy; NSW, Australia.