Sunday, August 14, 2011
It's fine to veer of the road, follow your gut or curiosity, and go off course. Do that too often, and you may find yourself in a place where your compass spins in circles or your GPS hasn't yet downloaded the roads your on. Simply stated, you won't always have a perfect map for where you are going, especially when you are moving fast and in uncharted areas. That can sometimes be difficult, but it is also an opportunity to have a more enriching journey, making the most of moments in your career and life.
To avoid feeling disoriented and slowing momentum to your ultimate destinations, take the time to calibrate, reset your GPS or your compass, and lay out your new, slightly altered map. Don't forget, if you have anyone following you or traveling with you, this becomes even more important. If you are leading a journey and feel a little off course, your traveling companions will feel that way too (but even more so, because they have even less control).
Refocus on your purpose, your destination and your values. For some, this is about remembering what really matters to you (family, career, goals, etc.); for others it is looking to your religion or spirituality to realign your purpose. Whatever it is for you, in whatever area of your work or life this applies, take the time to do evaluate where you are, where you are going, and reset. Enjoy the journey, share it with others, and relish the rewards as you all arrive at your destinations.