Life is a journey marked with the highest mountaintops and lowest valleys, winding roads, steep hills and slippery slopes. It's certainly okay to have goals, ambitions, and a destination in mind -- in fact, it's encouraged; however, it is equally important not to lose sight of the good things offered on the journey.
Here are five ways to make the most of your journey to where you really want to be.
1. Work on your skills. Learning is fundamental to your ability to grow and reach your destination. And it is during the journey that you learn the most critical lessons.
2. Get to know yourself. The journey offers valuable lessons in getting to know you. Examine your own thoughts and feelings, beliefs and values. Reassess who you are and what you want to be. The more you know yourself the better you can understand others and the better the decisions you make. Knowing yourself will help you create your future.
3. Connect with the people around you. We hurry conversations by completing the other person's sentences. Interruptions irritate us. We're slow to respond to phone calls and emails. We try to multitask instead of giving people our full attention. No matter how smart you are, unless you know how to connect with people, you will not go very far.
4. Live happily ever now. Don't wait until you reach your destination to live happily ever after -- live happily ever now. You will never reach your destination by living in the guilt of your past or anxiety about your future. Strive to enjoy your "right now" journey. Sure, have goals, ambitions, but make today as good as you can make it.
5. Get help when you're stuck. To support them, most top athletes have a coach who encourages them to improve, change, and develop so that they can become better athletes. You deserve a coach to help you improve, change, and develop aspects of your life too (only without the shouting, running, and push-ups!). If you are at a crossroads in your journey or you feel stuck and confused about what you want or how to get there, hire a coach. A coach can help you set far better, more motivating goals, accomplish your goals more quickly, and move up to the next level in your personal and professional life.
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -- Henry Ford
Article by Cassandra Washington -Â a veteran trainer and proven coach who has helped countless men and women push their limits and expand their success. She is the author of the book, "How to Manage Unacceptable Employee Behavior." For more information, visit http://www.exceedlearning.com/
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