Wouldn’t it be nice if you could avoid wrong turns in your life? If you could predict in advance the “right” job, investment or business? I laughed recently when I read that UPS drivers are instructed to make as many right turns as possible – avoiding the waiting that making left turns often requires. In fact, efficiency is so much a part of the UPS culture that 90% of their turns are to the right, as opposed to the left. UPS trucks drove 2.5 billion miles last year, but they estimate that by turning right whenever possible they saved over 28 million miles of driving and three million gallons of fuel.
What if you could find the “right” turns in your own life, avoiding the ones that wasted time, money and energy? Is there a computer system or programming code that could map things out that strategically? Maybe not, but I’m confident that if we put comparable time into planning our future as UPS does into driving efficiently, we could dramatically increase our success and sense of fulfillment. Too often I talk with people who have just allowed life to “happen” rather than recognizing they can plan and guide tomorrow and the coming years.
Decide now what you want 2009 to look like. Decide what “success” means for you. As part of my 2006 goals I had written that I wanted to do 25 radio/TV interviews that year. On January 21st of this year I did 18 radio interviews on that day alone. This year I have done close to 250 interviews. The writing and personal goals I identified in 2006 seem small now – but if I had not written them down they would likely have never come into view.
Are you identifying your “right” turns for 2009? If not, you will be pulled along by the circumstances of your surroundings. Let’s just commit to making “right” turns 90% of the time in the coming year – and why not go ahead and start today?