Inside: all about a fabulous planner I recently discovered and a little bit about my Big Dream
“It’s time to write your obituary.”
Morbid, I know. I didn’t like it either.
But that was the first task in Don Miller’s Hero on a Mission planner-slash-course.
And I couldn’t skip it because everything else builds on that. Reverse-engineering, sort of.
You might have heard of Don – he’s the guy who wrote StoryBrand. I'm calling him Don like I know him personally. 🤣 I don’t, but what he teaches has already made a big difference in my life and my husband’s.
Anyway, if you could use total clarity around what’s important to you and a simple routine that keeps you productive, I highly recommend you give this planner a try, even if you’re not much of a planner person (I’m not either).
It’s not free (well, you can download the daily pages for free, but they won't do you much good without the initial, slightly morbid, work). But it's also not expensive, and compared to all the other courses, masterminds, and coaches I've tried, Don's teachings are easily in the top 3 for me in terms of value.
Things to love about this planner
As I said earlier, I’ve never really been into planners. I mean, I like the look and the idea of them, but do I ever write in one after the first week or so? Not really.
But this planner is different. Here’s how:
No dated pages
That means no empty pages accusingly staring you in the face if you skip a day or a week. No guilt – works for me.
You can print out 50 or so sheets at a time, and when you use them up, you print another batch. No one cares if that’s 50 days or 250 days later.
You start with the end in mind
I mean, literally, the end. Did you see the part about writing your own obituary?
The cool thing about it is that you start by looking at your life as if you have already lived it and done amazing things.
Then your break down those amazing things into smaller chunks so they are very doable. And you use the planner to remind you what’s important, so you actually get the essential tasks finished and crossed off your list.
Even if you don’t do the daily pages every single day, just seeing your goals in black and white a few times a week can help you kick procrastination to the curb. And other unproductive habits too (yes, mindless scrolling on Facebook, I’m looking at you).
It’s not only about business
Ok, confession time. I didn’t actually write my obituary. I found the idea far too morbid.
Instead, I wrote stories I want people to tell their kids as they watch me walking hand-in-hand with my husband on our daily stroll around the neighborhood decades from now (when we're both old, gray, and wrinkled).
“That’s the lady who caught me when I was falling…”
“She helped me get back on my feet when everyone else had given up on me…”
“That lady taught your mom how to run a business…”
Yes, if you’ve been around me for a while, you already know that my big goal in life is to establish Stepping Stones. It will be a residential program for women who need a hand-up in society, similar to the one Debbie Macomber wrote about in Any Dream Will Do.
I don’t know exactly how I’ll do it, but I have some ideas. And a plan in my planner that serves as a GPS of sorts.
Why it’s so helpful
Several reasons, obviously, but the big one is the sense that I won’t die with regrets. I don’t want to be one of those people who wish on their deathbed they had done things differently.
Also, breaking down the big goals and keeping in mind what’s important has helped us (my husband and me) come up with a 5-year plan that guides our daily decisions.
Even though it’s part of a much larger plan, it feels close enough and doable enough that we act on it. Up until we did the Hero on a Mission course, we saw our retirement from the Air Force as this big scary looming thing.
Now? We’re sticking to our 5-year plan. Easy!
Where to buy Hero on a Mission
I haven’t seen it sold anywhere other than on Business Made Simple University, which is Don Miller’s main vehicle for courses online. Here’s the link to the planner.
It also doesn’t appear possible to buy access to just one course at a time. You get the whole university curriculum – currently eight courses total – but the price is very reasonable ($275/yr) compared to many others out there.
Here's a screenshot so you can see what else is in there:
Quick note: I have no affiliation with this product. But I totally love it and think everyone should at least give it a try.
Let me know if you go for it. I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially on the obituary part. 😁