Improve Your Life #30: Pick Your Own Path

Sunday 19th, May 2013 / 21:04Written by
Improve Your Life #30: Pick Your Own Path

Are you doing what you want to do? Are you going in the direction you want to go? Are you making decisions about where your life is going? There are several possible answers to these questions. You may not be doing what you want to do but you are moving in the direction of getting there. If you are not moving in the direction you want to be then the question is are you in charge of where you are going.

Over the last month I have written about the things that can improve your life. Some of these you can do even if you are in solitary confinement. For the others you need to assume control of your life. You you have a job that is not all you want it to be? Are you in a relationship that might be better dissolved? Are you held back by people or circumstances that no longer match your goals? It may well be that some parts of your life are in perfect order moving along in the right direction and giving you a lot of satisfaction. However, there might be parts of your life, personal or professional, where you feel trapped.

This does not have to be this way. You can make a decision and pick your path. Think about your goals in life and where you want to go, career, relationships, personal growth. To help you get a better idea of where to go and what is you current potential make a list of your interests. But don’t let your present stop you. If you have always wanted to do something then make a decision and learn something new and exciting.

When you consider your current situation think about what you would do differently if you knew then what you know now. If I only knew then that this is a true client from hell I would hav never signed them up. Make a decision, cut them loose. Pick your own path.

Ralph-Waldo-Emerson-trail-quote

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I once dated a girl briefly who told me that in her own wedding she was thinking about what she was doing there. There was so much social pressure and possible losing face involved that she went along with it. Needless to say that the marriage didn’t last long. You may not have a situation that’s so extreme but in many situations we just tag along not wanting to make a fuss. Stop it! Eliminate the negative and speak up for yourself.

You may feel that you are stuck and you can’t change the situation. Start building an escape route on the side. Cut your time wasters, stop watching TV and use that time to find new ways to make money, attend new social circles, get a hobby or find other ways to start building your new life. It may take time but be consistent and you will get there. Being stuck is a situation that need action to be unstuck. That action needs a decision that may be really hard to make. But if you are going to make that decision then the right time is sooner than later.

What’s the worst that can happen? This is the main question in any situation and decision. If the answer is something you can live with then go ahead, do it. If the worst is really bad, potential loss of all savings and income, ending up in a homeless shelter then you need to find someone to help you. In some relationships the worst can mean physical harm. That is even more the reason to act now. Do not let other people and circumstances destroy you. Get the negative stuff out of your life and replace it with positive goals and friends that support you. In many cases you just have to ask for what you want and you will get it.

In any case starting on the new path is usually the hardest thing, so act now. To test you new path take small steps. Do something every day that will move you closer to where you want to be. Make it 30-day challenge and see what happens if you keep at it for whole month, no excuses.

This means you need to get more control and flexibility in your life. To do that understand what’s really happening and why you want something to change. Make the initial plan and contingency to be flexible. Every plan will change as soon as you start implementing it so accept whatever comes, give it your best and improvise. Take responsibility as you are in charge. If everything is not working out as planned don’t give up, learn from experience and repeat.

Now, what do you really want in life? Pick your path. Act now, take the first step!

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