Where do you plan your business?

For me, I do my best thinking and long term planning on the trails.  I LOVE hiking.  I love to be outside, far away from phones and the internet and my office and really let my brain go.  This is where I have come up with some of the best ideas for my business over the years.

I try to get in a short three mile hike daily with longer hikes on the weekends.  A few times a year I will go somewhere and hike longer hikes for four, five, six days a time.  WOW!  That is where real genius comes in.

The Trail Approach : Business Plan Review and Vision Casting on the Hiking TrailI just got back from a hiking trip where I hiked Zion and Bryce Canyons in Southern Utah.  If you never been, you must see them for yourself!  Truly amazing country!

I am not sure if it was the beautiful landscapes, or the hours and hours at a time without any kind of distractions, or the adrenalin from some of the more strenuous hikes we did this time, but I have come back with a whole bunch of great ideas and a more clear vision for my business.

How about you?  Where do you think best?  How often do you get away from you desk, telephone and normal day-to-day operation to reflect on the progress and path of your business?

Maybe you don’t enjoy hiking, but you like to ride bike, or hit the beach, or go out on the water, or (you fill in the blank!)  Whatever and where ever it is for you, go.  The year is half way through.  Get away from things and reflect on how it is going and where you want things to go from here.

If you want to see more photos of my hiking trip, check out my Facebook page
Make it a GREAT second half of the year!