The Formula for Defeating Jet Lag

I enjoy travel. Seeing new places, meeting new people, waking up my brain to stuff that I have never considered all engage me and make me feel even more alive.

Not everyone feels that way, though. Perhaps you don't. Perhaps you're more like my wife, Terry. She prefers the quiet of home, family, and the familiar. There's nothing wrong with that!

But, I like to travel.

If you've been on the list for a while or if you've read Open Your Heart with Skiing (, you'll remember my trip to France last spring. I flew to Paris, visited the sites for a couple of days, then met a passel of people I had never seen before in my life at a train station and shared a sleeper compartment up to the Alps. We were skiing by midday the following day.

This trip has some similarities.

I left home at 7:30am, boarded a 10:20 flight to Dulles (Washington, D.C.), jumped on a trans-Atlantic flight to Zurich, had a short layover there before heading on to Nairobi. I arrived there about 24 hours after my first flight began. I met a driver who took me to a hotel, I slept, and then was up early for my flight to Kigali, Rwanda.

I was ready for my flight to depart at 8am. It finally did at 10am.

But, friends were waiting here in Kigali, including Pastor Willy Ruminera, the head of Comfort My People Ministries, a parachurch organization here in Rwanda that is dedicated to equiping the churches together with business and government leaders.

Immediately, I jumped into a Land Cruiser and toured a number of sites. I'll tell you about them in the future.

However, the point that I want you to see is this: Everyone wants to think that I have "jet lag". Even though I am living 9 hours different from home in Colorado, there is no reason to feel any lag.

What do I do? It's actually quite simple:

First, I visualize ahead of time. I see myself arriving, sleeping well, and being happy during the days. Second, I am careful to eat light and healthy on the flights, and drink lots of water. Third, I sleep on local time everywhere.

That's it. I'm not sure which is most important, but working together, they are like magic.

What do you expect? Think about that and change your focus if it will help you.

Let's go!

Stephen Sven Hultquist

PS I'll be preaching in the morning tomorrow, and then preparing for the business conference later in the week. Keep your thoughts on time coming! And snatch a copy of the book if you haven't: