It’s Your Life, Start Planning Shit.
Most of my friends couldn’t plan a trip if it killed them. In fact, a lot of my friends tell me they want to travel with me but end up shrinking away when I ask them about it later.
Maybe it’s just empty words, or maybe they have no vision to ask off work, book flights, coordinate with me, etc.
This happens a lot.
I don’t know about you, but I know damn well where I want to be in five years. I’ll be in San Francisco with a passport full of stamps, running my very own hostel. If you follow me along, you’ll see this happen!
And even if I’m not there in five years, I know I’ll get there eventually.
This has been my vision since last Summer. Everyone should have a vision.
Oddly enough, a vision makes us more productive. When you’re driving to a new address, do you input it into the navigation before or after you start?
It wouldn’t make much sense to type it in thirty minutes into your drive, right?
We must know our direction before discovering the steps to get there.
If I want a passport full of stamps, I’m going to need to plan trips five years into the future. This summer I’m doing Europe. Next Spring I’m doing Asia. The following Fall I’m doing South America.
These goals illuminate the steps I should take right now.
Gary Keller’s book “The One Thing” is all about mapping out said five-year plan, and then making small daily goals to accomplish it. It’s absolutely fascinating.
Following Gary’s advice, I can research flights to Europe, top destinations, and how to get around via train in the next 24 hours. Next month I’ll book my flight. The following month I’ll purchase my Eurail pass.
Because I know what I need to do, I’m much more productive.
This goes for everyone, really. Don’t waste words. Don’t mindlessly go through your life. Have a vision and purpose for 5, 10, and even 20 years down the line.
Having a plan helps immensely.