Write Down Your Trip Plan to Make it Happen

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This is day eight in the 15 Days to Freedom Blogging Challenge from The Suitcase Entrepreneur. Today’s challenge is to identify three goals for the upcoming year.

It’s amazing how the act of writing something down can help to make it happen. When I was planning for my trip to Australia, I spent some time thinking and writing down exactly what I wanted to experience. I needed to decide between a longer six month trip with some work experience, or a shorter trip that was based solely on travel. After working through the pros and cons I decided to go with a shorter trip and I planned out the ideal months I would like to go. Making this plan and writing it down was crucial to how it rolled out.

Do you take the time each year to think about where you would like to go and what you would like to accomplish? If so, do you write these goals down? This year I tried planning not only the trips I would like to take, but also the goals I would like to accomplish. A friend showed me a great resource from Chris Guillebeau called How to Conduct Your Own Annual Review. Although it was written in 2008, I think it’s still super relevant and helpful for 2015. It took me a few days of reflection and decisions, but the effort was completely worth it.

Before you can write your goals down, you need to be clear on what it is exactly that you want. After all, Lewis Carroll says, “any road will get you there, if you don’t know where you are going,”, as noted in this article on Forbes which explains just how effective writing down goals can be. Some of my goals this year are to launch the guide I’m working on in June, to go to Portland in July, and to launch another project I’m working on in September. These goals align with my overall focus to create items that will inspire and help others.

Here’s a beautiful sunset I’ll always remember in Noosa, Australia. Without my plan, I don’t know if I would have experienced this.

What are you goals for this year? Have you written them down yet?