Thursday, June 6, 2013

Choosing the A to Z Path

You only get one shot at life, live wisely. For a while, I thought you could script the path to attaining your goals. There was no such thing as " right place at the right time." Everything revolved around strategy; you had to make it happen. Just recently I had a big decision to make. I was convinced this decision would make a huge impact in my future career. I knew this was one of the opportunities that I needed to chase, but in my heart I knew it was probably not the best for me. Would it have been a fun opportunity? Yes. Would it have been excellent for my career? Yes. Would I have done well with this opportunity? Maybe. I asked myself these and 101 more questions. After seriously considering all of the options, strategy said yes but my heart said no. I took a big step back to realize I'm in a great spot right now and there's no need to move.

Sometimes strategy can cloud our vision. Strategy isn't a bad thing, but we must allow our emotions to come through at times. A lot of times we think of how to get from A to B. I would challenge you to think of it in a different way, think of it as getting from A to Z. With A to B there are no other options, it's a straight shot. Though it may be the quickest, there are no other options. There is no room for change of heart, there's no room for change in situation, and at times there's no room for family. The A to Z approach allows several different avenues and outlets to get from one point to the other.

The A to B approach puts blinders on you. There is something to be said for targeting a goal and then attaining that goal. However, these goals I'm talking about are not short-term. These goals are life goals. Life goals take time. Life goals take energy. And life goals take heart.

I'm fortunate that early in my career I've had the opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals. If you have the opportunity to talk to any of them you'll notice one common theme; they all had different paths that got them where they are today.

There's no prescribed path for success. You must follow your heart, and at some point your heart may tell you to choose a different path or a different goal altogether.

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