Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination.

Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your career, it can feel daunting. How do you know when to take Path #2 or Path #3 rather than continue down Path #1? There are three questions to consider:

  1. Do you feel strongly about reaching your original destination? If you feel strongly about reaching an intended destination, Path #1 is the safest. Many others have taken that route to have a similar outcome. However, safe does not always mean better. In fact, the road traveled by most also may be the road most congested. This is where Path #2 is a good option! Not only is Path #2 likely to bring you to the same place as Path #1, it may be a shortcut that will get you there at a quicker pace. Assumingly, most take Path #1, because it is a smoother path and more direct, but, if you can figure out Path #2, it may be the best option. This leads to the next question…
  2. Are you prepared? Preparation is key. You have more options when you are prepared to pivot. If you have mapped different routes, it will be less difficult to make a change. On Path #2, you will obtain experiences that others have not. On Path #2, you may make new discoveries. Why not take the road less traveled, if you can?
  3. Will a new destination lead to more fulfillment? As mentioned in my last post, experiences may lead you to consider new opportunities. You do not have to go to a particular destination solely because you started your journey in that direction. If you have developed a new interest, consider trying Path #3. It does not mean you can never go back. Further, you never know where other roads connect on Path #3.

In my next post, I will go into detail about how to prepare for a change.

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