“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”— Audre Lorde

Today’s picture is one of many posters made available by NASA/JPL that show visions of the future. They also celebrate many of the missions already launched.

The Grand Tour poster celebrates the Voyager missions. These missions took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. These spacecraft used Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune as a gravity assist to send them faster and faster onto their next destination. Voyager 1 has reached a speed of 38,610 mph!

The year 2020 is rapidly approaching.  Instead of a New Year’s resolution consider embarking on a Grand Tour of the Decade.  

Remember that it is easy to over-estimate what we can do in a day. Conversely, it is easy to under-estimate what we can achieve in a decade. Three tips to help you prepare your launch into a new decade:

Think big. Expanding your thinking to a decade can help remove barriers to boldness. By 2030 what would you like to have accomplished? What will you have contributed to doing good in the world?

Create gravity assist milestones. Voyager had meaningful places to visit with each of the planets. And each of those planets also propelled them faster to the next planets. What milestones can you create that build your momentum to the big visions?

Launch. In other words, get started.  The Voyager missions had to deal with the harsh reality of the laws of orbital physics. They needed a detailed plan from one milestone to the next. You just need a good plan for your first milestone.  Get started!

Voyager 1 is currently 13,200,000,000 miles away from the earth and continues to return valuable science from beyond our solar system.

How far can you reach by 2030?

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

Alan Willett
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