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I Do My Best Thinking When My Head is in the Clouds

Have you ever noticed that when you’re flying at 30,000 feet you do your best 30,000 feet thinking?

When you’re flying the friendly skies there are no Blackberrys ringing or vibrating, no instant message alerts, no task lists staring you down, and no pile of paperwork tapping you on the shoulder. Up there it often feels like you’re safe from everything; free to drift and think clearly.

So what does it take to get you thinking clearly about your future? Can you replicate the environment where you do your best thinking? And how often do you go there?

Here are some practical ideas and no-nos as well.

Good Ideas:

o Find a place that’s quiet and doesn’t remind you of work.
o Have something to make notes on.
o Ask yourself the questions, “where, what, why, how, who and when “.
· What is really (really) important to me?
· Where am I headed and what do I want it to look like once I’m there?
· Why do I want to head there? What ‘s the purpose?
· How will I get there and what do I need to do or take with me to prepare for this journey?
· What’s the work that needs to get done?
· Who will do the work that needs to get done and by when?
· How will I track my progress?
· How will I know when I get there?
o Bring a few of your favourite business books for inspiration. Re-read sections.
o Buy a magazine you don’t normally read. (Entrepreneur, Inc, Wired, etc.)
o Give some thought to what’s holding you back then think about solutions. Who and what will help you stay more focused on success and leveraging your strengths?
o Listen to some inspirational or quiet music while you think to drown out any noise or distractions if needed.
o Stay big picture as much as you can. While you are up there, think 40,000 feet, after all, you are already ¾ of the way there.
o Be rested.

Not-so-good Ideas:

o Spending your thinking time worrying. Unless of course worrying is serving you well.
o Getting caught up in the details while doing 30,000 feet thinking.
o Building a list of why things won’t work.

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