The 5 Phases of Missions Accomplishment

There are 5 phases to mission accomplishment: flight plan, brief, pre-flight, execute and debrief.

This applies not just to aviation but to any mission you set for yourself in business and life. When you implement them correctly and in the right order, things will change.

You will find yourself accomplishing your missions faster and with less effort, and reach a higher level of performance.


Every mission needs a flight plan. Yet, it’s often overlooked. Smart and driven people and even corporations with massive resources launch into missions without a clear plan.

Planning doesn’t need to take up much of your time, but it can potentially save you a lot of money later on. Always do the preparation ahead of your mission.


Step 2 is the brief. Surround yourself with key and essential people to the mission. Announce the mission and let them know the clear plan.

The biggest mistake made here is briefing the wrong people. Can you imagine briefing someone that you’re traveling to Phuket to learn to be an entrepreneur, and them responding with:

“Why would you do that? Can’t you listen to it online?”

If so, that’s not the right person to brief. Get those people out of your mission.


The pre-flight phase is about making the last minute preparations.

Before he speaks on stage, JT DeBolt makes sure he has all his gear. He makes sure his microphone battery is charged. He makes sure the slides are in order. He has someone check for misspellings.

Have a checklist or a set of rituals to complete for each mission.

Also, be thorough. JT DeBolt was taught by the best aviators that “kick the tires and light the fires” is too careless and not sufficient. Don’t just throw things together and hope for the best. Take pride in your mission.


Executing your mission doesn’t always mean achieving success. Sometimes you’ll fall flat on your face.

You might put weeks of work into a webinar, and expect 200 people. Then, only 12 show up, only 8 stay until the end and none of them buy. But at least you executed.

Expect that sometimes it will work and sometimes it won’t. In any case, you can consider your mission accomplished… nearly.


The possibility of your mission failing is why you mustn’t leave out the fifth and final phase of mission accomplishment.

This phase is the debrief. Reflect on what could have been done better, and make those changes next time. This will not only save your business, but elevate it and allow you to fly at a higher altitude.