I didn’t have an exact plan, but I needed a change of scenery in a bad way.
A few months ago I was trying to balance a full load of client work, work with copywriters here in the Copywriter Café on a one-on-one basis, plan for an Ultimate Writing Retreat™ in Chicago, and get ready for another one in Ecuador.
Somehow I managed to get it all done before I left for Quito, Ecuador, on June 14.
The toll? I was stressed, out of shape, and didn’t have a clear direction for either of my businesses (as a copywriter for clients and head of the Café).
I’m happy to report that I’ve never felt better on all counts!
Without trying, I lost 11 pounds and 2-3 inches off my waist. I’m fitting into dress pants I haven’t worn since 1999 (and being a guy, we have it good – they’re still in style).
My head is clear again after deciding once and for all that I will not be taking on every high-paying client project that comes my way.
If the subject matter doesn’t interest me, the client’s values don’t align with mine, or my skills aren’t a perfect match, I’m passing.
And the future for my businesses looks very bright indeed.
I formulated a plan for the Copywriter Café, the CaféWriter.com program (stay tuned), Big Ideas Monthly, and a couple other smaller pieces that fit into these three.
Your Escape Plan
Why am I telling you all this?
Because sometimes we all need to get away, push the re-set button, and re-calibrate.
It’s easier than you think.
I’ll be sharing details soon of exactly how I can afford to run off to South America for the summer with my wife and kids, have a ton of fun, and still manage to get more work done than I would have at home.
For now, let me suggest these 5 things:
1. Decide to step back to evaluate where you’re going.
2. Take some time to assess your situation. Don’t rush it. This process could take days, weeks, or months. And it requires some serious contemplation.
3. Get out of your normal surroundings. Even if you have to get a hotel room in your own hometown (which I also did at the end of May), do it.
Even better? A cabin in the woods, or anywhere without the distraction of lots of people and demands on your time. For me, Quito, Ecuador fit the bill.
4. Think of the Big Picture and long-term. The whole time I was in Ecuador, I had a vision of how I wanted things to be 5, 10, 15 years from now.
Don’t get me wrong, I have 3- and 6-month goals, too, but I always keep the Grand Plan in mind.
5. Do it in style. Big plans, big dreams need a big getaway. Every Big Idea I’ve ever launched started in a fitting place – the Rhine River in Germany, the pyramids at Giza, the birthplace of the tango (Buenos Aires), or my favorite city of all, Paris.
Could you use a re-set in your business or your life? Tell me one thing you’d like to change, and one place you’d like to go to do it. Leave a quick note here so others can get inspired, and to maybe hold yourself accountable.