When you are planning a trip what do you do first?  

You know your destination and hopefully find the most efficient route to get there. Additionally, you need to do research about your journey, what’s your budget, any travel partners and possibly precure travel insurance. 

Your journey in life is to end up where you want to be. And to do that needs careful planning also. Jumping into changing your life with no plan in place can be disastrous. It’s like wandering in the wilderness lost and confused, ultimately ending in failure. Lost in the woods is just a waste of time. Haven’t we done enough of that already?

“If you think adventure is dangerous,
try routine. It’s lethal!”
– Paulo Coelho

Destination

What do you want to change in your life and why?  

Defining the What & Why is very important. Just unravelling that you are unhappy is not good enough because unhappiness is multifaceted. Is it your physical and or mental health? Environmental, due to your work or your home life that you are unsatisfied with? Could it be unfulfilled accomplishments and dreams ultimately ending with a lackluster life? 

Maybe it is a combination of many things but you need to focus on what you can change. What you have control over first. Do not limit yourself with what others say. You are the expert on what you want to accomplish in your life.

Noteworthy Movie: The movie Greater’ is the story of Brandon Burlsworth who was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I college football. Yet in 1994 he became possibly the greatest walk-on in college football history and the most respected players in the history of the Arkansas Razborbacks programme.


Research

Once you have established the life you want to live, this is where the work starts.  Researching others that have made miraculous changes in their life will be your fuel. The success of others can be the force you need to dig in and realize change can happen. 

Having hope is the driving force to success. You need to tell yourself you can do it and believe you can do it. The human spirit set on fire is unstoppable.

‘We would accomplish many more things
if we did not think of them as impossible”. 
– Vince Lombardi

Budget

Not money but time needed on this trip.  How much time are you willing to commit to your new life?  A set time each day is needed to blaze a new trail.  Depending on your destination it could be journaling, visualization, meditation, exercise, reading or listening to inspiring speakers.  

The fire needs to be continually stoked, that’s where your momentum is secured. If you don’t stoke the fire, the old unhappy lazy-ass you, will settle back where it’s comfortable.

 “If you always do what you’ve always done,
you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
– Henry Ford

Travel Partner

Something important to consider.  Do you want a buddy on this journey or possibly a group of friends or is this a solo flight? 

This is a very personal choice.  Making it public is important though because you are committed to more than just yourself. You always need someone to report to.  You could open up to Facebook friends or one special friend that possibly wants to join you on this journey.  Family can be a good support system as, hopefully, they want the best for you and are a trusted environment.


Insurance

Being prepared for failure is important. I know failure is a harsh word but that is how we feel when we have had a bad day in the choices we have made.  

Recognize that when you are on your intended path in life, whatever it might be, it feels effortless, like floating down a stream.  It’s easy, you don’t have to force it. Things just seem to fall into place. 

If you have a setback or distraction from your goal, it could be like coming into a whirlpool, tossing you around and down off your track and destination.  A whirlpool can be very dangerous in many ways. If you fight it and focus on it you can be pulled down never to return. If you just relax it will pop you up unharmed and you will continue the direction you were headed in. 

When you get off course don’t focus on your setback, keep looking ahead to your goal.  Don’t give the slip up any oxygen or energy or you will keep failing because failure has your attention not success.

 “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh, but my darling, What if you fly?” 
– Erin Hanson.

 

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