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The #1 New Year’s Resolution: Your Business Travel Plan
If you are like most entrepreneurs, you give little thought to planning. You are great at helping others get to their destinations, but what are you doing to get to yours? Think of business and life planning like planning a trip; you first need to decide on your destination. In the same way that you write out a travel itinerary, write out your plan.
Begin your plan with a personal mission statement:
Your Vision. Where do you want to be in five years? Where do you want to end up? “We should begin with the end in mind” says Stephen Covey, author of one of the greatest self-development classics, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or else we may “climb the ladder of success, and then realize it is leaning on the wrong wall.”
Your Values. What do you believe about ethics, spirituality, morals, customers, employees, vendors, community, etc.? How do you behave toward others? How do you treat your fellow man? What do you do to make the world a better place?
Your Mission. What will you do today to achieve your vision and live by your values? Your mission should transport you from where you are to where your vision is. In other words, it should narrow the gap between your present condition and your future aspirations.
Your mission statement provides daily direction, purpose, and a sense of personal power. It helps you to know what makes you a unique, valuable, important individual. If you do not have a personal mission statement, set aside some quiet time to answer the questions above, and write out your own statement. Then review it every day and decide on one action to get you to your destination!