Archive for April, 2013

I Know Where I Want to Go, I Just Don’t Know How to Get There!

April 1, 2013

I am directionally challenged. For some reason, the navigation gene was left out of my DNA.  Before someone (no doubt, either another “lost soul” or perhaps one who took pity on those of us who were constantly going in the wrong direction) created the GPS, I tried maps. Maps and I did not exist in harmony. The squiggly lines and the dotted lines and the straight lines all began to look alike and I couldn’t read the map and drive at the same time. Besides that, they were impossible to refold. If I didn’t have a compass in my car, it didn’t matter to me that the N S E & W arrows were printed on the map because I couldn’t tell which direction my car was pointed. I know…you have probably lost respect for me, but it is true.

It is very frustrating to know where you want to be and not be able to get yourself there!  At times, while driving and looking for a particular landmark; for instance, a tall building, I can see it in the distance but it eludes me when I try to navigate the streets to get there. Sometimes, it seems that I am very close, but then I run into dead-ends and detours, or even end up driving away from my destination, rather than towards it.  It is very frustrating, and there have even been times when I have given up and turned around.  My GPS, featuring the lady with the strange voice and sometimes rather arrogant attitude, has helped this situation. I have come to depend on her, although she does become annoyed with me if I miss a turn.

So it is in life…we often fail to pursue our dreams because we convince ourselves that they will never come true. It is safer not to try, than to try and fail. We desperately want to move beyond a “stuck place” or want to expand our horizons and maybe we even see it in the future, but just can’t figure out how to make it happen.  And if we do decide to take that leap of faith, should we find ourselves at a dead-end or a detour, we throw up our hands and say, “I knew I couldn’t get there!”

At times like this, I think it helps to access our inner GPS devices. Your global positioning system might be your faith, your self-confidence or your determination to get the most out of life…but you need to trust it. Even if you make a wrong turn, it will lead you back to where you need to be.

If you know where you want to go, you need a plan.  Be realistic about how you can make your goal attainable and then make it measurable, which is where you will need a plan of action.  The first step is to define your goal, write it down and look at it every day. This will help you clarify your purpose and reaffirm your commitment to it. Picture yourself in the place you want to be and take action every day to move yourself closer to your goal…even if they are baby steps. Celebrate every milestone!  And always remember that where you are today isn’t necessarily where you will be tomorrow!  Don’t turn around and go back without trying because you might miss something really spectacular!