While traveling throughout New England the past two weeks, my partner and I relied fairly heavily on our portable GPS. (I may have grown up there, but it’s fair to say that I don’t know my way around all 6 states.)
And every time we would divert from the route it set out for us— whether we had missed a turn or were intentionally diverted by a covered bridge or particularly photogenic foliage or saw heavy traffic we wanted to avoid— it had one thing to say to us.
Each time we encountered an obstacle, got distracted or veered off course, our trusty little device would attempt to put us right back on track. It would navigate us back to the highway. Or re-route us another way to ensure that we still arrived at the destination.
Sure, we might be later than planned and we might get there a different way, but we’d get there.
Life is like this. There are places where we veer off course. Encounter obstacles. Get distracted. Lose our way. Take a wrong turn.
And often, all it takes to get us back on course is the awareness and the willingness to recalculate. We have the choice. And we have the ability to do it.
If you’re concerned that you’re headed in the wrong direction or the journey is taking far longer than it needs to take, consider a few places where you might want—or need— to change course.
Your mindset or attitude. Sometimes, it’s the attitude we bring to a situation that is keeping us stuck or not getting us the result we want. What we believe about a situation will absolutely color how we see it and how we act in it.
What you’re focused on. What is it that you’re really focused on? Is that focus moving your forward or holding you back? Maybe you’ve heard the adage “what you focus on expands”. In my experience, it’s absolutely true.
Who you’re listening to. If you’re like most of us, you’ve got plenty of noise. Well-meaning (or less-than-well-meaning) people in your life, voices from people in your past, old stories you’ve been handed down about what you should be doing and how. Don’t allow yourself to be run by committee. Take on board only what helps you grow.
What you’re telling yourself. It’s not always the voices of others who lead us down the wrong road. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy—telling ourselves all kinds of crazy stories that start to sound like truth. If that’s the case, push that bully driver out of the way and let your inner GPS drive for a while.
Your expectations. We get a lot of what we expect to get. Plain and simple. If we don’t expect to get there, it’s unlikely that we’ll keep driving. And if we’re holding on so tight to what we expected to see, chances are excellent that we’ll miss half the delight of traveling.
How you’re driving. Are you racing down the road in a rush, missing important turns along the way? Not trusting that the next turn is really “the right one” to take? How we are being is just as important — sometimes more important — than what we are doing.
That road you “knew” was right. Are you married to the idea of taking a certain path? Even when there are clear obstacles on the path? Even when the path seems to be taking you in a completely wrong direction? What would happen if you let go of the need to take this road and opened your mind to another route?
Where is life calling out for you to recalculate? Is it in your work? Your business? Your personal life?
How might you use your internal GPS to put yourself back on course to your desired destination?
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