winding path through forest trees

Have you ever set a goal, developed your plan, worked towards the goal, and still found yourself way off course?

Yes, me too.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just stay on plan, stay on course, and follow a very straight line from point A to point B?

There is a poster on my wall as I write this that has five different routes we each take to get where we are going:

  • two steps forward, one step back
  • stop, start, go, wait – now what?
  • the long (complicated, confusing) and winding road
  • the tornado with a life all its own
  • smooth sailing

We all hope for smooth sailing, but how often does that happen, really?

Isn’t it more like a dance with each of the steps playing their part?

So, what can we do when we are off course?

Step 1: 

Remember there is nothing wrong with being off course. Staying off course is another matter, but being off course is part of the journey. Since I have done a bit of flying recently, I was reminded that the plane is off course for much of the trip, but the autopilot is continually correcting and adjusting so that we land where we were supposed to. So, give yourself a break when you find yourself off course. Stop for a moment, get your bearings, and proceed.

Step 2: 

Keep your eyes on the goal! You always go in the direction you are focusing on. Are you focusing on your goal? Or, are you focusing on the obstacles? Your choice, of course, but which one will get you where you want to go?

Step 3: 

Don’t give up. Can you imagine where we would be if we gave up at the first sign (or the second or third) of adversity? We would have never learned to walk, and would be creeping around on our bellies. Heaven knows where we would be living – explorers would not have gone out exploring. We have all heard tales of those who gave up inches away from ultimate success – and I don’t know about you, but that isn’t the way I am going to be playing.

Because, really, don’t you want to get to those goals?

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About The Author

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Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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