I don’t know how long you spent organising, saving, searching and planning for your next 10 days on holiday – but I wonder if it’s comparable with the time you’ve spent preparing for how successful you intend to become over the next 10 years?
Actually, it was about ten years ago, that I read this Jim Rohn quote;
“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.”
It was that quote that made me read and discover a lot more of the great man’s work and wisdom (If you haven’t read his short book 7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness – then I can highly recommend it for a bit of poolside reading).
And with all this weather we’ve been having recently, it was that quote I remembered while thinking of far off tides – it only takes the slightest hint of sunshine to get me pining to be back in the South of France.
So get out a pen and let’s see if we can get you as excited about the rest of your life, as you are about your next summer break.
You might just surprise yourself with where you end up.
1. Where are we going?
You wouldn’t just pack your bags and start walking down the road, hoping you’re going in the right direction to eventually find a holiday.
Don’t wake up every morning and make the same mistake with your success, decide where you’re going and also when you expect to arrive.
2. How will we get there?
If you lived in London and wanted to take your family to Italy for a fortnight, you wouldn’t wake up on the morning of the holiday and hope there were spaces on some type of transport conveniently leaving from somewhere close by.
The same applies with how you reach your definition of success.
- Start with the end in mind (see Point 1)
- Create a map to guide you there
- Follow the map
- Adjust as required (sometimes maps and Sat Navs don’t make impassable obstacles very clear)
- Don’t give up
3. What will we want to do when we get there?
You’re very welcome to leave this to chance if you like, but simply hoping that there will be a little entertainment, night life or a play park for the kids, doesn’t necessarily mean that any of that will actually exist.
Your planned future should be the place you want it to be – and you should know what you want it to look like.
Here’s the thing about your future – You’ll be spending all your time there whether you like it or not.
4. If it involves a new activity, what skills do we need to learn?
If you were going scuba diving, you’d have scuba diving lessons.
If you were going skiing, you’d have skiing lessons.
Equally, looking the part won’t automatically endow you with the ability to traverse the North Face of the Eiger.
In some cases, not being ready might be foolish and possibly dangerous.
Learning before hand, also means you can spend all your vacation time doing exactly what you intended to do, rather than taking unnecessary lessons when you get there.
So, why do some people think they can suddenly become successful managers, business people or even instant millionaires just because they’re wearing the right shoes?
5. What books will we read? What do we need to read before we get there?
I met a chap at one of our sales training workshops recently who told me that he had never read a book.
I’ve thought of lots of things I wished that I’d said to him since – but I was shocked into silence at the time – particularly by the fact that anyone would be so proud of the statement.
If you can’t bring yourself to buy a book that will help you become what you really want to become – why not find it as an audiobook and just have it on in the car while you’re driving.
If the subject doesn’t appeal enough for you to even do that – ask yourself this;
How do you expect your life to become what you need, if you don’t become the kind of person who has that type of life?
6. What do we need to protect ourselves against and what precautions should we take?
Everybody’s risk threshold is different, so you have to listen to your gut and the advice of those you trust in equal measure.
Make sure you have readied yourself for the obvious stuff – very few people are ever ready for the unobvious.
However, if you are still worried about it all going wrong, have a think about how you’d cope with a bad situation on holiday.
- If the hotel was rubbish, you’d move hotels
- If the beach was too busy, you’d go and see if you could find a quieter spot, or stay round the pool
- If one area was too quiet at night, you’d get yourself in a taxi
If it does go a bit pear shaped, most people usually find some way of making the best of a bad situation – and few things are ever perfect.
7. How much will it all cost?
You’ve got to ask yourself the question in the heading – and you have to be able to afford the answer.
But ask yourself this one too;
How much is taking this trip going to be worth?
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