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Skilling Up: 5 Keys to Skilling Up in Your Travel Business

Updated: Feb 16

Skilling Up: 5

Keys to Skilling Up in Your Travel Business

Atomic Habits, by James Clear, 5 Am Club, by Robin Sharma and The One Thing, by Gary Keller three of my favorite books for achieving goals.  

They all reach the same conclusion. Nothing happens until we make it a priority to figure out how to do it.  That is why we skilling up is the gateway to all achievement.

We simply must be committed to getting better.

“If you don’t have the time to do it right,

When will you have time to do it over?”

- John Wooden

Skilling up is a process. It has a first step, a last step, and key action steps in between. Here are the five steps to skilling up.

Step #1: Assess to Start.

Where are you right now?

“All progress starts by telling the truth.” Dan Sullivan.

Pull out a sheet of paper and divide it into three columns. When it comes to achieving your big goals:

What do I know how to do?

What do I not know how to do?

What do I not know that I don’t know?


Write as much as possible – get it all out.

  1. What jumps out for you in column one? How will you improve on it?

  2. What skill in column two will help you the most?

  3. Who can help you find out the next level?

 “Success leaves clues.” Jim Rohn.

 Someone, somewhere has done this before.

STOP RIGHT HERE! Before you read on…

Commit to a skill. What is one thing that if you got better at, everything else would become easier or unnecessary? Gary Keller.

Step #2: Focus is Energy

Did you know that if you placed a magnifying glass on dry kindling at the right temperature, you’d start a fire in 50 to 60 seconds?

Your energy goes wherever you focus. The challenge is that when we focus on things that don’t matter, we light little fires everywhere. Our energy is drained and we never make progress.

Focus on getting better at your skill – no matter how small, or how bad. That first step creates momentum for your next step, and the next step after that.

Recently I did a new workshop based for a group of Travel Business Owners. I had never done it before but I know the content has the potential to really make a difference. It was a solid 6 out of 10. Based on their feedback, next time it will be a 7. then 8, and so on. 

Step #3: Learn to learn.

Learn how to learn. That is your secret weapon in this industry which is thriving in shiny objects. Learn how to learn efficiently.

  • Take notes with action steps attached.

  • Refer to notes within one day of taking them. Summarize into bullet points.

  • Put your new ideas into action within 48 hours.

  • Call prospects as soon as you learn something that will help them. You exponentially increase your sales if you call ten people within one week of attending a training event.

  • Only attend sessions that directly improve your skills. Be selective!

  • Listen to replays at 1.5 speed.

Step #4: Test by Doing

What evidence do you have that you are making progress learning a new skill?

The only way to test for progress is to get messy with it. Get out there and just to it! You might make a mess of it on your first try. I cringe at some of my early newsletters and social media posts. It’s hard to put yourself out there.  However, positive feedback and a bit of good luck keeps you going and soon you’re at the next level.

Here’s the good news about the skill journey. You are only a beginner once. 

“Don’t compare your day one to someone else’s year three.”

Step #5:  Sprint to Finish

Its commonly believed that it takes 21 days to create a habit. However, that seems to be a myth.

According to Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London, a new habit usually takes a little more than 2 months — 66 days to be exact — and as much as 254 days until it’s fully formed.

In my book, Flying Colours I created a SPRINT framework to help you achieve new skills and habits every 30 days.

Taking on a new skill is an exciting. Making skill building a habit is lifechanging. Check out my Habit and Skill checklist below.

Habits Checklist
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Here are your 5 Steps to Skilling Up!

  1. Assess to Start

  2. Focus is Energy

  3. Learn to Learn

  4. Test by Doing

  5. Sprint to Finish

 If you have read this far, well done! You are so close!

What skill are you going build? Drop me a note and let me know what you are working on!

Enjoy the journey!


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