Places: Context is decisive. Be confident everywhere.

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Have you ever noticed there are certain places in your life where certain things happen predictably?

(Bear with me while I illustrate a point. This may seem obvious for a moment…then you’ll see an opportunity.)

  1. Bedrooms are where we sleep.
  2. Living rooms are where we sit and watch tv or other entertainment.
  3. Kitchens are where we prepare food.
Woman asleep in a darkened room in a comfy bed
Alone in a darkened room in a comfy bed is the perfect place to sleep.

These things happen in these locations because these locations have (presumably) been intentionally arranged to create ideal circumstances for those activities.

  1. The bedroom, not coincidentally, has a bed, alarm clock, light controls, maybe blackout shades.
  2. The living room has been organized with plenty of seating and entertainment options in the room or nearby.
  3. The kitchen has food storage, equipment, water, heat sources, tools.

Have you tried to sleep, be entertained, and prepare food in environments not predisposed for those activities?

  • Can you imagine trying to sleep in an environment with the light on all the time (like in a hotel room with a bright light just outside)? Have you ever had difficulty sleeping in a strange bedroom or environment (like in a hotel room with busy train tracks just outside)?
  • Can you imagine a group watching tv in your kitchen? …or playing a board game on your cramped kitchen counter?
  • Have you ever cooked while camping? …or in a motel room?
Sleeping while sitting upright on a train Photo by Braden Barwich on Unsplash
We don’t sleep well while sitting upright in a brightly lit, moving train

Humans are not particularly planful

However, in most of our lives, those things are often done by default:

  • When we move into a home, we put the bed in the bedroom, the entertainment equipment in the living room, and the food and cooking supplies in the kitchen.
  • Thankfully, architects design these spaces to make it pretty straightforward to choose what goes where.
  • After that, we mostly just do what we do.

In general, humans are not particularly detailed in their assessment, analysis, and strategic intervention in the systems of their lives.

However, the places we spend our time can have a profound effect on our behavior.

Results you produce are most highly correlated with your behavior.

  • Have you ever thought carefully about how the places you spend your time affect your behavior?
  • Have you considered how your behavior in those places impacts your ability to get the results you want?

As you undertake a significant change in some are of your life or business, it pays to consider how places impact that area.

Now is an opportunity to carefully consider the places you spend your time, to consider how you can impact those places to:

  1. support you in making choices and taking actions that better support you achieving your goals,
  2. make plans to impact the places where you spend your time, then
  3. take action to modify those places accordingly.

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Practice: Plan for your places

Step 1

List the places you spend time or anticipate spending time.

  • Perform an analysis of your physical environment(s), and set a plan to operate in each one.
    • List all the places you spend your time.
    • Consider where these help and support you in your Purpose.
    • Consider where these threaten or cause you to act in a way that threatens you achieving your goal.
    • Send me a copy.
  • Add your Purpose as the next column on your list of values (on your list of people/groups/organizations)
    • Rate how each member of your social environment supports or hinders you achieving your purpose (just as you rated how each is reflective of your values).
  • Add each of your physical environments to the bottom of your list of people/groups/organizations
    • Rate each of your physical environments as to its fit with each of your values, and with your purpose.
    • Send me a copy.

“Humans can think about and anticipate things before they happen, which can help us prepare for and even prevent certain events.”

–Jinshil Hyun

Step 2

Write plans for how you’ll arrange each of these places or act while in these places so your intentions are best served.

Step 3

At the extreme, write a plan to not spend time in places that do not serve or work against your intention.

Step 4

At the other extreme, write a plan to spend time in new places that will serve or work in favor of your intention.



  • planned success into every place in your life.
  • identified risks to meeting your intention.
  • created plans to mitigate risks to your intention.
  • improved your chances of reaching your goal.
  • can be confident, anywhere you go, that you have a plan of action to support you achieving your goal.


Answer these questions in writing, and put the result in your PowerBoard.

  • What was most useful for you here?
  • What one idea can you put to use immediately?


You have plans for every place in your life, and you have one or more new ideas and techniques you can put to use immediately.


I’m proud of you for doing what many people don’t. You’ve declared a plan and taken meaningful action to deliver on your intention.

Congratulate yourself!

Be confident that you are taking meaningful action to plan your results, and you are taking action to work your plan.

Have confidence that, as you work you plan, you will increasingly see results that support your intentions.



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