Right now, I’m writing a few thousand feet up in the air. There’s something about being on a plane that compels me to reflect on my current situation in life and business. Maybe it’s the thin air or the complimentary wine or the fact that my phone doesn’t work. Whatever it is, it’s so great to unplug and unscramble my thoughts en route to a new environment.
Being a business owner/entrepreneur requires you to constantly be creative and inspired in order to drive new ideas, growth and change. I love being at home with my animals in my home office, but if I really want to come up with some “big” ideas I have to hit the road in order to escape from daily habits and shake up my psyche. It’s so easy to do the same thing everyday when you’re at home and so easy to get trapped on the hamster wheel of life. Traveling let’s you step out of your current situation. It almost feels like an out-of-body experience if you train yourself to reflect on your current situation.
I love to write in my journal but unfortunately I don’t really put pen to paper when I’m at home. It’s something that I’ve been trying to do more of, but I absolutely love to write when I’m on a plane or in a coffee shop in a new place (I’m typing on my computer at the moment only because my journal is trapped in the overhead bin). I try to write about where I’m at, what we’ve been doing, what I’ve learned, how much I love Matt and what my goals are for the future. Last week I read through my 2014 journal so that I could reflect on the year and was dumbfounded by how many goals I wrote down and how many I was able to check off. We traveled a ton and I got a ton done.
It’s so fun to see these random thoughts that I wrote about on planes, finally touch ground and become real. Thoughts become things and I truly believe that the first step to a thought becoming a thing is putting ink on paper. Suddenly it’s no longer a brain seed and it’s sprouting on paper right before your eyes. From there it’s a matter of drawing out the execution of this idea. Then the roots spread and gain traction. Then you put your thoughts into words and figure out how to make it happen by researching, learning, talking and connecting with the right people. From there you figure out how you’re going to find the right team or tools to help you make that idea happen. Once you have your thoughts in action, you have to drive it to the finish line. When it’s almost real, you have to tell the world about why your idea is the best idea ever and why they should use it too. Then you have to continue to believe in it and then you have to learn how to make it even better. It needs to get better and better and your ideas must get better and better.
And that my friends, is why I travel. To escape into the Cloud and think above and beyond where I am right now.