Someone once made the observation that you spend more time planning a vacation than you do planning your business. Why is that?
Think about how you plan a vacation. You start out thinking, Oh I’d like to go someplace tropical (or historical or educational or exciting). Then you start to narrow it down to specific hemisphere, then country, then type of place to stay (campground or res0rt) then particular place to stay then how and when to get there. Once the reservation is made, you can look at what you are going to do when you get there.
Planning a business is a lot like that; setting a goal, then narrowing down your choices step by step until you are where you want to be. If you haven’t done that yet, it is time to start. Don’t think of it as limiting yourself this is just one vacation, and you have many years ahead to travel the world. Without a little planning, you are not going anywhere. Maybe you think a business will come to you.
Life as Art
There are times in your life when everything seems chaotic.You are in full crisis mode, unsure of what to do next, unsure about everything really . What you need is a vacation to escape your challenges or at least to sort things out. The truth is, you need to get a handle on your life and get control again, to make some sense out of the uncertainty. You don’t need a vacation, you need a vocation and a plan. This will help you make it through the turbulence and come out the other side less stressed and stronger for it.
Even the rightest right brainers need some structure in their lives. Yet creative people resist traditional planning because they think it is too structured, too limiting. It doesn have to be. When you have a quest and set a goal you need a plan to help you reach it. This plan is more like a map. It has footprints to show you what steps to take (and in what order), landmarks so you can tell when you are veering off course, a list of recommended provisions for this trip and the names of some trail guides who can help you get where you are going quickly.
The starting point is here and now. The goal is to earn a living from what you enjoy doing.
Once you get there, you can do a whole lot of sightseeing, wander around, and have a good time. From your new vantage point you may decide to set out for someplace new. The steps are the same each time: choose a destination, work out how to get there and go.