It’s time to have a 10-year strategic plan

Thursday January 23 2020


By Dickson Tumuramye

Most times, many of us only focus on setting goals for a year or at most five years. It is also common with many organisations where a five-year strategic plan is set.
At the end of 2019, it hit me that I was beginning a new decade and I will not be young anymore. We asked our children to come up with a 10-year plan. It sounded strange how we could ask of 10 years’ plan from them. But when one in Primary Two came up with one and learned that he will be at the university by 2031, he was inspired.

I know you could have already set your goals for this year or the next five years. But do you realise that you could still set goals for 10 years from now with your children? It is good to dream big than small or not at all.

Do you realise that if your child is in their 20s, by 2029, a lot will have changed in their lives? For example, they will have graduated, working, married with children, will have possibly done second or more degrees. Others will be having businesses, and houses, among other things.
How will these come to pass well when one doesn’t have a clear direction of his/her life?
The problem with many young people is that they think planning for the future is a pointless task and do not think much about it.

Most of us also just “fall” into things without a clear picture of where we would like to be in a given period of time.

It is high time we made a strategic plan for 10 years then break it down to five years. From that, come up with activities you will be working on annually or monthly. Be intentional in making sure you or children implement what they plan. It is one thing to come up with a very good strategic plan, but it’s another to transfer what is on paper into reality.

Many fail to implement what they plan, seemingly acting like those who say “it’s easier said than done.” Now strategise to plan in a decade, think in years, work in months and live in days.


Don’t live as though you are expecting miracles, put your life in order and trust God to fulfil your plans for a decade. You know He has good plans to make you prosper and not to harm you. He knows well what you want.

Luke 14:28 challenges us that “For which of you, intending to build a house, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?”

It is also important for your family to make a plan and consider how you are going to raise all the needed resources. Prepare well for your now and tomorrow so that you don’t just live as someone who never knows where they are heading.

You may need to set your priorities and life goals this decade and live a life of purpose.