Ever been lost? Completely turned around? No clue how you got where you got and no one around to help you out? What did you do? Did you keep trekking forward knowing that someway and somehow you’d run into either the right place or someone or something that could get you in the right direction? Did you back track and try to see how or when you got off course? Did you just stop and try to call or flag someone down to help you out?
Ever notice the way you handle being lost physically correlates to how you handle being thrown for a loop in life?
No matter how you handle your challenges, a few things to keep in mind to help you navigate your way back on course:
~Don’t overreact and lose control of your emotions. This makes you lose focus on your goals. Keep calm and try to think as rationally as possible.
~No blame game…it won’t solve anything and we are ultimately the final decision makers in our lives as adults. Yes, there may be people who guide and offer advice (solicited or not) but at the end of the day we have the final say. Even if the actions of others seem to have gotten us in the rut that we are in – just pick up the pieces and keep moving. No need wasting valuable time and energy on arguments and trying to determine who’s right or wrong.
~Don’t compare yourself to others or think “if only I had done this, then…” – guess what you didn’t do it so move on and accept where you are. You aren’t Susie or Sally or Jane and really don’t know what they had to endure to get what or where they are. If you’re not happy with that place, then put a plan into action to get you to where you realistically can get to. What’s for you is for you and what’s for them is for them.
Over the years my GPS has become my best friend in the car. I rely on it heavily and I’ve been thrown off course more times than I care to admit because of user error (entering the wrong address) and technical glitches – it’s become a crutch and I’m learning to trust myself more and rely more on road signs and pre-planning to help determine my course of action. This applies to road trips and the trip of life.
How do you handle being lost – physically or with life challenges? What’s worked for you to help get back on course?