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?
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.
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?
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.