Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Choose Your Path Wisely


This post will be short and simple. The idea comes from an issue I’ve been wrestling with for the past few months. I have never felt more convicted about what to do than right now…

Maybe you’re just like me or you’ll find yourself in the same situation like me one day. If so, I hope this helps.

For several years I’ve had a fairly specific career goal. My plans to obtain this goal were all based on advice given to me by others. I followed this advice because, after all, they had accomplished in their life the goals I had for mine.

However, this logic is flawed.

It’s flawed because though the advice worked for them, I am a different person. I have different stress levels, abilities, dispositions, and a different family life.

These past few months have been almost unbearable because I’ve been living in someone else’s shoes. Instead of charting my own path, one that fits me, I chose to walk the path previously paved. Some very capable and solid leaders paved this path, but it’s not mine… it’s theirs.

I have to start adjusting my course. I have to start seeking my path. What that will look like, I have no idea.

No, I have zero plans of quitting my current job… at least not right away. I believe there are lessons to be learned from it. I believe with some shifting of focus, it can be a part of my new path.

The walkaway from this is…. Don’t let others plan your future. Don’t check to see how everyone else got where they are before you get where you’re going. Choose a path that fits you.

Some might say it would be unfortunate if I didn’t at least give a reference to my good ole buddy Robert Frost here... So which path will you choose? The one less traveled? I can assure you, in the last few weeks… it’s making all the difference.