50 States – 18 Months – 1 Airstream Episode Three: The Few Who Do…

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.” – Goethe

Dwight Eisenhower famously said that plans are worthless but planning is everything. He was right. The problem is when you try to stick to a plan that has become worthless. Quitting a job you love because you thought you were “supposed” to, going back before you’re ready because it’s “time” or going back to a career that never suited you are all mistakes that can hurt you more than help you. Always examine how the plan feels to you in light of changing circumstances and be ready to ditch the plan for a new one.

*last weekend 11/11/18 – Swannanoa, NC in @LadyLolaMae

WHEN TO LEAVE

You may have read in yesterday’s post, What if my whole life has been wrong?, that I have been thinking about taking this trip for some time. I shared, “The destination has changed. What I hope to accomplish personally during this extended time off has changed. The steps involved in achieving this audacious goal have changed. The burning desire to actually pull it off has never wavered.”

Similar to the advice from Eisenhower, numerous adjustments have been made in light of changing circumstances. Multiple times.

When to leave. How to finance the trip. Where to go. Let alone the actual nuts-and-bolts planning of the journey itself. These have all changed for a variety of reasons including market conditions, local housing climate, the people in my life and my personal goals.

It’s not easy to just pick up and leave. This is likely true for you as well. The reality is I’m involved in three businesses at the moment, some of which involve extremely long contractual timelines – a year or more in certain cases. So the decision behind when to actually pull the trigger, starts long before the shot is fired.

THE FEW WHO DO VERSUS THE MANY WHO TALK

What separates the few who do versus the many who talk, in my eyes, usually boils down to one thing…

Planning.

Get the ideas out. The goals, the aspirations, they why behind what you want to do. Then, hopefully in the same sitting, start to map out the details, as rough as they may be to start. The process of putting these things down on paper, in a journal…in a blog?…not only is exhilarating in and of itself, but paves the way for the actual achievement of whatever you are setting out to do. Maybe it never happens, and that’s ok. But one way to virtually guarantee it will never happen is to take the first step.

Besides, sometimes there is more joy in the planning and anticipation of a trip then there is in the actual trip. Have you found this to be true in your life?

One study, by Leaf Van Boven of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Laurence Ashworth of Queen’s University published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2007, found that students felt happier while anticipating a vacation than while reminiscing about the vacation.

And planning is free. 🙂

What do you want to do? And when would NOW be a good time to start planning for it?

 

Check out our other articles in this series: 

50 States – 18 Months – 1 Airstream Episode Two: Building the Map

50 States – 18 Months – 1 Airstream Episode One: The Trip

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