Did you know that when chili peppers were first brought to Japan they were used to keep people’s toes warm?

Weird Huh?

Anyway, You may remember that I have a writing conference in Florida next week.

Lots of organising to be done of course and I just wanted to give you the heads up that on my travel days (Monday and Tuesday) you will get pre-written emails.

My flight to Lisbon from London leaves early morning and my flight from Lisbon to Miami is mid morning but I will have to get to the airport early because of the security and also because my Portuguese isn’t what it should be.

But I will be writing from the conference on the other days.

We’re still here and now in Planning week of course. Last day.

So, the main thing I have been trying to get you to an understanding of this week is ‘begin with the end in mind’.

This is such a powerful confidence boosting strategy, I feel you should master it.

Do all your planning that way, what is the end result? What do people think and feel about it?

Indeed, what do YOU think and feel about it?

Are we talking happy smiling faces?

or jumping up and down screaming with excitement faces?

ask, how can I get that result or response?

Have a clear picture of what you want the end result to look and feel like, then WORK BACKWARDS from there.  Each time ask: What will get me to the next step.

if you don’t plan this way, you will probably end up with a ‘MEH’ shoulder shrug.

And, that’s not what you want, is it?

Think about this for a minute, if you had something you were working towards, that you had carefully worked back all the steps and found all the key outcomes that were needed to arrive at the end result.

how confident would you feel about it?

if you KNEW that you would get people jumping up and down in excitement, wouldn’t that confidently propel you and make you want to do it?

That’s the great thing with this kind of planning. And it’s in your power to make it happen.