A Change Of Plan can set you free from weekly worries about where your income is being spent. It can free you, from misplaced credit spending and income change management goals, with better quality of life. If you have good medical health, a steady income and friendly relationships with
others, there is no reason why your Change Of Plan will not offer you a less disciplined life.
If you have a medical condition, no income and/or no friendly relationships, a Change Of Plan is vital in the introduction of a discipline for positive mental health. No matter what your situation, a Change Of Plan is an healthy alternative to everyday cost of living surprises. It is about a beginning in being the change. Change that will help you to visualise
how capable you are in the management of your own sense of wellbeing.
1st Base - What do you need?
You probably need good health, relationships, a roof over your head, an income, food in your belly, clothes on your back, fresh water to drink, transport to get from A to B, an education. Whatever you need, now is the time to acknowledge it. For what you need are the piers under the foundation of your plan. The strength of your piers represents the strength of what you value
about yourself. Planning for electronic goods over dentistry simply says that both will change in the future and when faced with having no teeth or a new computer, your values will chose the computer. Dental changes will become a heartache and hurt your ability to meet electronic changes if the need for dentistry is not in your Change Of Plan. Whatever you decide is an important
need, will determine the kind of changes you will be facing in the future. The writing on the own wall of your future will be from the change you decided to begin planning today. Getting the cost of predicted needs out of the way will leave you with lots of time for dreaming about your wants and desires. Knowing how much change you have and how much change you need is what will help your planning to move onto 2nd Base.
2nd Base - How much change do you want?
Meeting your needs was step one, but what about desires? What about the home you have always dreamed of, the car you’ve
always wanted to drive, the ambitions you have, the impulse buying you want to do. What kind of change do you have left to play with? Rhetorically, how much change do you want. 2ndBase planning means you are going to have to change more than what is in your piggy bank to achieve your ambitions. 2ndBase is easy if you have your health, a steady job and a supportive partner. If you live alone with poor health, planning for change will be more of a challenge. Change agents like financial lenders will gladly buy whatever health you have in exchange for your commitment to your ambitions. The bigger the commitment, the more health you will need to manage the changes associated with earning a living, meeting your needs and paying back creditors who favour your ambitions. Working smarter not harder is not smart if the change you are earning isn’t enough to meet the needs of your ambition supporters. So think carefully about your ambition for it will force your needs to change should the going get tough. Your ambition needs to be able to weather the storms that may be up ahead. While impulse buying may be a worthy ambition, ask yourself today if you will feel stronger about the exchange tomorrow. Changes that impact upon your need to survive will cause mental illness if challenged to frequently. 2nd Base planning is an opportunity for you to consider your values, that are your essential needs and not your neighbours or immediate family members, in greater depth. How can change be earned or gained so you can not only meet your values, but work towards the standards of life that you want to achieve? Asking this question while on 2nd base will help you gain strength for the changes you will need to exercise to reach 3rd Base.
3rd Base - Be The Change
What is interesting about 3rd Base is how creative it is. It is the place where you will change, yet remain vigilant for the execution of your Change Of Plan. 3rd Base is where making a killing is as important as the goals of your Change Of Plan. If you keep doing your sums, achieving change is guaranteed. However when wants change, needs also change. Ignoring needs increases their value. To keep your Change Of Plan in optimum health, review its strengths every single year. On 3rdBase your strengths will be tested. The result of which could see you on a home run or back at the beginning. Executing your Change Of Plan assures you of value for money. Real change competes against no –one, including you. Handle change with care and it can offer you the opportunity of financial freedom. Disregard its value and you will pay for neglecting your change with your health.
4th Base - Real Change
Real Change is the gift of providing freedom for the people who value themselves the most. Getting to 4thBase means you paid attention to the wellbeing of the team. It means that every time you gained income, you gave the value of it to yourself, even while
you were paying your creditors. It means you learned about the value of you and structured your ambitions to accommodate your values. It means you have accepted responsibility for your own health and well being. You know how to structure a budget, maintain it and use it to change your life for the better. You may not have designed you Change Of Plan with columns of value needs first over wantful or ambitious standards. You might even be where you are today because of chance or luck. No matter how you arrived at the age you are today, your existing Change Of Plan brought you here. The benefit of taking a more pragmatic approach to well being and planning your needs well in advance, is that you will get to 4thBase and on towards home. This is because accounting needs first before wants means being comfortable in your own skin. No one arrives on 4th Base wearing someone else’s skin even if that skin has been adequately paid for. This is because 4th Base is about self-actualisation. If your Change Of Plan has not met your own needs, those needs will pop up when you least expect if, forcing you to go back in the
other direction. The home line security 4th Base provides is a reflection of your own values and standards. To identify what
you need, in other words what you value, go back to 1st Base. To identify what you want, in other words what your standards are, go back to 2nd Base. 3rd Base is the actualisation of how well you have identified your values and needs. Most of us live in the shadow of other people’s changes. This does not become more evident until we get to life on 3rd Base. There is nothing wrong about taking yourself back to 1st Base whenever you become aware that the needs you are meeting are not your own. keeping in mind that no matter when awareness happens, any change you will ever make will be the right one. The more you learn from the consequences of your decisions, the better able you will be to use your monetary change to your best advantage.
Money management that puts your needs and the needs of your family first will not stop any teenagers from talking you into putting what they value first. Involving your teenagers in needs based planning by giving them their own money and helping them to manage their own Change Of Plan is highly recommended.
© Chris Tyne, 2011.