Michael MacNair

Mike began his travel career in the early 1980’s, working for Hilton Hotels, a European tour operator, an international airline, and a major Washington area travel company. In 1989, he and his wife opened MacNair Travel, which now employs about 50 people. Mike has been recognized as an industry spokesperson and transformer.

As we sat there pondering life on the Inca trail with our family this past New Years, my wife and I realized that this was the dismount on 15 years of core family travel. Our kids are now 24, 21, and 18. Significant others would surely be added to this group and other trips will take place, but our plan for our core family was complete. We reflected on how if we didn’t make a plan and commit, so many very special experiences would have never materialized. The joy we received was very special and time will tell how this impacts our kids.

None of this is going to seem like rocket science, but if you are like me making sure these items are clear and in place is the key to accomplishing an amazing future. When I do these four things well, my goals are realized. Can you get better at these?

1. Goal clarity. What are your goals? Are they somewhere in writing and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achieveable, Realistic, and Timely)? It seems easy and logical but it is amazing how few do it. When you do, they get clear, real, and in your head.

Here I am the owner of a company that provides Travel and Meeting Management services and I have not taken my Executive Team offsite for our annual planning session in far too many years. That changed this past week when my team and I traveled to the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico for our planning session (it is a great place by the way). I didn’t care that it sounded like a vacation and nor should you - ever. We got such better results from these days together than at the past local meetings we have ever had. Here were the five biggest differences from a local meeting:

Many financial planners suggest that you should adopt savings habits by “paying yourself first”. This means that you should save first, and spend afterwards. Well what if you applied this basic concept to a more valuable commodity in your life than money, time? What if you “planned yourself first” and knew when your rests and time off were coming a year in advance? Would you be able to sprint to those rest periods with better form and style? Would you be able to accomplish more results in the sprint periods knowing that a rest (and probably a well planned quality rest) was coming?

I have competed in four Ironman’s, I run my own company, have climbed major mountains, I have three active kids, I surely have ADD, and I have a lot of fun. I am often asked how I can accomplish it all. Like with my fitness training, I believe in intervals. An interval day, interval week, interval year, interval lifestyle. This is the first in a series about these intervals. Let’s start with the interval day and week.



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