Is it Easier to Plan Your Vacation than Your Life?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of the late Jim Rohn. He was a world-renown author and speaker who inspired millions with his personal rags-to-riches story and down-to-earth business philosophy.

You can read my tribute to Jim Rohn if you’d like.

One quote of his, in particular, has stuck with me for years, and has motivated me to live my life with greater focus and purpose:

I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives.  Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change. — Jim Rohn

I’m intrigued and challenged by what he said.  Do you think he’s right – that it’s easier to plan your vacation than it is to plan your life?

If so, how have you seen this played out in your life, or the lives of others?  And why is escape easier than change? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Great question. For me, it’s always easier to do what’s small and manageable than what’s big and unknowable. Vacation feels small, limited, low risk. Life is big, unlimited, change raises the fear of potentially high risk.

    I think the key is to break down potential life change into smaller and smaller pieces. Instead of saying, “I will be a champion runner by the end of the year” perhaps focus just on today: “I will put on my sneakers and run for 10 minutes with the dog.” When it feels small and manageable, we can handle it.

    Alternatively, consider an ant and a mountain. At first glance, the mountain seems mightier than the ant. But if that ant decides to move one minuscule piece of the mountain, every single day, it may realize one day that it has moved the entire mountain. We can be that ant. 🙂

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