A goal without a strategy is useless unless it is a little goal. Once a goal is written then thinking must be done to arrive at a strategy to accomplish the goal that is clear. Successful strategies break down the distance to the goal into small, very achievable steps. As each step is successfully taken confidence grows. A written out strategy can take pages depending on the size of the goal. My goal of riding across the United States on a bicycle.
1. Break the trip down to 60 days with approximately 70 miles per day.
2. Map out each day’s ride using a bicycle mapping app designed just for this purpose. Check the roads using Google earth to see what the shoulder width and traffic flow is. Change and adjust the route accordingly.
3. Find a campground with showers for each night with phone number.
4. Save up $2,000 which will be the approximate cost of the trip.
5. Up stationary bike riding to two hours a day on February 1st, three months before start of trip.
6. Figure out meals for every day of the trip and get purchased.
7. Make a list of everything needed on the trip such as extra tires, tubes, tools, bicycle parts, camping gear, cloths etc. Go over the list numerous times so as not to forget anything.
8. Read two separate books written by people who biked the route we are going on. Take note of any problem areas and things needed.
9. Call and make reservations at each campsite chatting for a minute to determine bicycle friendliness.
10. Take my bicycle to a good bicycle mechanic to get everything checked and tuned.
11. Pack all gear and food.
12. Starting in April ride an hour outside on my bicycle two times a week, and two hours once a week.
13. Make a BIG map with route on it to put on a wall somewhere in the church so church secretaries can mark off each day of successful travel.
14. April 27th leave on three day drive back to Virginia to begin the trip on May 1st.
15. June 30th celebrate.
I have as much fun thinking through and writing out the strategies to my goals as accomplishing them.