Creating a “Travel Plan” for Where You Want to Go

Do you understand WHERE YOU’RE HEADED?

Every leader gets the magnitude of asking that question – and it serves as a valuable tool in my personal and professional life.

How about you?

  • Do you REALLY understand where you’re traveling to?

Every business, every career, every relationship, every life, is headed SOMEWHERE…

Whether it is where you want to go is a whole different discussion…

You need a PLAN outlining WHERE YOU WANT TO GO coupled with a STRATEGY that maps out SPECIFIC ACTION ITEMS detailing how to get there.


In 2007, I wrote “Designing Your Destiny“ because hundreds of people I encountered couldn’t answer three questions:

1) Who am I?

2) What do I do? Or “What do I want?”

3) Why does it matter?

At the time, research showed that less than 5% of all people had a life plan.

It also showed less than 10% of all small business owners ever create a written business plan with specific goals.

With BILLONS of people on the planet, I found this to be incredible – and not surprising at the same time.

The #1 place to start building a SUSTAINABLE and SUCCESSFUL business,- a career that is ON TRACK with where you want to be, or a life filled with LOVING RELATIONSHIPS, HEALTH, HAPPINESS, SUCCESS, and MEANING is to have a STRATEGIC PLAN that you can follow like a roadmap.

Your roadmap will answer the following questions:
~ Who are you? (Answer with “I am” statements…)

~ What do you stand for?

~ What is your personal brand?

~ What do you want?

~ If you own a business: who is your ideal client?

~ If you work for someone else: who is your ideal colleague/co-worker?

~ Who do you want in your circle of friends?

~ What do the people you work with GET FROM WORKING WITH YOU?

~ What do you want to happen in the next 30 days? 90 days? 365 days?

~ What does your life STAND FOR?

~ Why does it matter?

~ At the end of the year, what will your achievements do for you? For others?

~ At the end of your life, what impact will this have in the world?

Having a WRITTEN plan gives you clarity and focus to accomplish your goals faster and with ease.

At the Upside Summit (formerly known as Design Your Destiny Live) I have participants outline their plan before they leave the weekend.

With measurable objectives, you can see where you are on your journey so that you remain connected to your MISSION, VALUES, and VISION.

Research shows people with a WRITTEN (NOT TYPED) plan make 10x’s more money than those who do not.

So, if you’ve got all of these crazy ideas in your head about what you need to get started, let me set the record straight —

  • You do not have to use a specific format to get started.

All you need is a piece of paper and a pen and you can start building your plan.

  • You do not need to worry about trying to get it right as this is not a pass/fail exercise.

This means you have permission to be as creative as you want to be.

It does not need to be 50 pages long, double-spaced, with 1″ margins; this is your written vision, your BIG action document — and it’s changing and evolving in living form just as you are.

  • And, you do not need to accomplish everything you write down exactly on schedule to be a success.

You get to MAP OUT whatever you want and do it in whatever time frame you’d like with all of the bumps and lumps that come with living a full life.

Just like anyone who has ever gone on a road trip understands, you may encounter a detour, or have an accident.

Life happens.

Think about it as a pilot or captain would.

It is your “travel plan” for success.

You may want to add different sights along the way, change up the mode of transportation, and take a side route to discover something new.

And remember imperfect action is better than no action at all.

  • You do need objective guidance on your plan.

Every great leader has a mentor, advisor, coach, or board that they turn to for a fresh perspective.

Do you have one that UNIQUELY GETS YOU?

If you don’t, talk to me. I have a MASSIVE NETWORK and am happy to have a conversation with you and/or refer you to one of my connections.

So take 30 minutes to sit down and craft a new plan for yourself or work on it with your coach.

~ A career plan.
~ A business plan.
~ A life plan.

I get how busy you are. And I also understand you get 1440 minutes each day. Aren’t you worth it?

If you already have a plan, dig it out, evaluate it, and make changes.

It’s ever-evolving.

In my 7 Pillars of Leadership, Plan is the 1st Pillar of Leadership and Progress, which involves daily evaluation, is the 6th.

Start by asking yourself, “Where am I headed?”, and use the questions above for clarity.

And, as always,

See Upside.

Be Upside.

Lead Upside.

ACTION: The Upside Challenge of the week is to create a plan if you don’t have one, and if you do, evaluate and update it. Use the questions above. If you get stuck, reach out to a coach, mentor, or trusted advisors. You don’t have to go it alone!

Because the world needs you now more than ever.

Go shine your light.

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