I tell my travel clients that when they buy a trip that they are excited about, the bonus they get is the ‘gift of anticipation.’
The gift of anticipation is really valuable to get you through the bad days. Because we all have bad days. Bad days are just life’s reality check. It can happen at work or with your team or at school or with your family. It happens to all of us.
I find that when you have something to look forward to, even if it’s four or five months down the road, the bad days pass easier. You KNOW you have something on the calendar you are excited about.
Start a countdown calendar. Whether it’s on your phone or on the wall but make it something visual you can see!
This is really the point I was trying to make with the last column…. you deserve a vacation that you’re excited about. Not something you are settling for. If you SETTLE for a vacation because it was on sale, or someone else talks you into it, then you cheat yourself out of that gift of anticipation. If you are constantly checking online for better deals or second-guessing your choice or even dreading the vacation, you miss out on ‘the gift of anticipation.’ I don’t want anyone to feel that way. Plan something you are excited about, or wait for something else.
I will tell you truthfully, that my years owning a restaurant were hard. There were times I worked 15 or 20 days straight. (42 was the record. I’m ashamed, not proud. It’s unhealthy to work that much.) The only thing that got me to the other side of that was knowing I had a treat at the end. I would arbitrarily pick a date into the future and plan a fabulous vacation for me and my kids. That gave me something to look forward to and something to think about in the windowless kitchen, doing the demanding, thankless tasks day after day.
I would tell my close friends that I saw myself like a good little donkey. I could pull the heavy load, I could do the work and I could keep going just as long as I saw I carrot at then end of each road.
For me, that carrot was always a trip. To this day, I believe in the power of ANTICIPATION.