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Lessons from the Pursuit of a Solo Adventure

21 March 2024 by GI Team

 

If you climbed a 12.12-metre ladder every day for 2 years, you would have climbed 8,848 metres in total.

Do you know what’s as high as that? Mount Everest.

 

Recently, one of our clients felt compelled to share a personal goal that he had achieved.

“I set a goal to dedicate one day each month to myself, stepping away from the business to embark on a solo adventure. I drove to Snowdon and spent the day hiking to its peak. I found myself in solitude for the majority of the day. Reaching the summit, I stood alone amidst the freezing gusts, reminded of my respect for nature’s might and a sense of freedom that I hadn’t experienced in quite some time. Returning to my desk, I felt re-energised, as though I’d just returned from a holiday, but without the usual post-holiday blues or the overwhelming backlog of work. I wholeheartedly recommend taking a day for yourself, to pursue whatever it is that recharges your spirit.”

Among the many things Rob felt leading up to, during, and after his solo adventure, he felt gratitude too – giving thanks to his business coach, he says that he might never have embarked on this experience if it were not for Growth Idea introducing him to the concept of a personal planner.

 

Why Do We Plan?

First, let me preface by saying that to plan is a verb, not a noun.

Even the most well-put-together plan will provide you only with the illusion of control. Plans – creating plans – are usually of no use. The key lies in learning how to plan and becoming a master at adaptability.

So, we plan to have the confidence that we will thrive when we are faced with uncertainty because we can adapt.

When we have learned how to plan, then we have, at the same time, learned how to construct an achievable path to reach the goals that we have set for ourselves, our teams, and our businesses.

Reflecting on Rob’s achievement, I remembered something another client had said in testament to our quarterly Strategic Thinking Board Meetings:

Today’s business landscape is so vast and shifting that you don’t just plan for uncertainty – you plan for highly unlikely and even for unknowns. Planning gives you structure and order that will help you avoid being blindsided.

 

Setting Your Goals with Intention and Specificity

Can you imagine a life – either personal or professional, or both – where there is top-tier organisation? Your goals are clear, and productivity is high. Wow! What a way to optimise your time and the contribution that you’re making.

Effective planning makes this possible.

Surely, Rob could not have had the liberty to step away from his business and conquer Snowdon if he was unsatisfied with the progress he was making at work.

And, possibly, Rob may have been on his way to burnout if he hadn’t taken a day for himself to recharge.

You cannot pour from an empty cup. If you are feeling good personally, then you can perform optimally at work, and vice-versa. So, when you think about setting goals, think about how your personal and professional goals overlap with each other.

 

3 Reasons Why a Good Plan is Critical:

1. Weather Uncertainty:

Planning isn’t designing a definite path. Instead, it’s about defining the right strategies to keep you on track – think of it more as a guide to correct actions that you can take, no matter the obstacles you encounter along the way.

2. Give Yourself a Reality Check

A plan is not a wish list. Planning helps you outline the actionable steps you need to take to make your goals more achievable. The best way to give yourself a reality check is to schedule a regular review – assess where you, your team, and your business are now and amend or plan the next steps accordingly.

3. Improve Decision-making

Plans give you an opportunity to elaborate on your vision. As you create a space to document your thoughts, brainstorm the best ways to get things done and evaluate what works and what doesn’t, you are learning. Now, based on documented data, you are empowered to make more informed decisions.

 

Lessons from the Pursuit of a Solo Adventure

Whether your solo adventure is hiking Snowdon or touching the summit of Everest, one thing is certain: Your trek begins only once you’ve taken the first step. The unachievable becomes much more attainable when broken down into bite-sized pieces.

As a business growth consultancy, one of our main responsibilities is to help our clients define their Mount Everest, break it down into five-, three-, one-year and 90-day plans, and then work with them weekly to continue to empower them to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

We are often guilty of overestimating what we can achieve in one year and underestimating what we can achieve in five years. Planning helps us overcome this – and when we are aggressively consistent about doing the things we committed to, then we become capable of achieving extraordinary results.

 

Take a STEP in the Right Direction

At Growth Idea, STEP stands for ‘Strategic Thinking and Execution Planning’. It’s a Board Meeting that we have with our clients at the beginning of every quarter.

Get in touch with us if you want to be a part of our professional network and let us help you create a better reality.

 

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