I’ll admit I am a little spatially challenged. If I need a map to get from point A to point B, I am one of those people who has to turn the map every time I have to go left or right. I marvel at people who can turn the map in their heads but it just doesn’t work for me. It’s a sure fire way for me to get lost.
I’m also one of those people who pictures landmarks rather than thinking about directions and crossroads. I do better with left and right, rather than north and south. Tell me what building is on the corner and I am more likely to get where I am going.
I know I am not the only one who functions this way. I also know it not the only way to function. Modern technology has now provided a great equalizer. GPS is a wonderful invention which takes the guess work out of which way to turn. It even politely tells you it is re-calibrating when you don’t follow the instructions.
In making choices in life, isn’t it interesting that we seldom apply the same strategies for getting where we want to go.
Too often we try to do what works for someone else. We get seduced by the idea of a one-size-fits-all solution. Most of the time we end up not being successful and then beating ourselves up for not doing a good enough job.
Sometimes we know how to achieve our goals but we simply don’t follow the instructions and we spend a lot of time trying to re-calibrate.
Here are some simple tips for not getting lost in life:
Do what works for you.
One of the biggest wastes of time in life is trying to make what doesn’t work, work better. Know what works for you and apply that strategy to things that aren’t working as well as you would like. Focus on your strengths rather than trying to fix your weaknesses.
Use a little common sense.
Often the solutions we need in life are pretty simple. We just make them complicated because we don’t want to do what needs to be done in order to get the results we want. That doesn’t mean applying a solution that isn’t a good fit for you. It does mean holding yourself responsible for getting things done. To get from point A to point B in life you have to put one foot in front of the other.
Listen to your internal GPS.
Sometimes we lose our way in life because we haven’t paid attention to our inner wisdom. We all have an internal navigation system that alerts us to things that don’t feel quite right. When we don’t listen to that little voice, we end up making choices we later regret. The key to listening to that inner wisdom is making the time and space for quiet reflection. Pay attention to your gut feelings. Notice what’s coming ahead.
Re-calibrate when necessary.
Even with the best directions, we can still get lost if we don’t follow them. Sometimes we lose our way even when we are following the directions. We’ve all likely had the experience of driving in the car and the GPS directions take us to a dead end. It’s an imperfect science. So if your life is off track, stop and plot a new course. Figure out where you are, be clear about where you want to go and re-calibrate.
What is your best tip for not getting lost in life?
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