July 15, 2008.
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else."
Life can take us down a number of roads throughout our lifetimes. Some of these roads are prosperous thoroughfares, paved with happiness and fulfillment. And some are potholed marred side streets, lined with sadness, sorrow and mediocrity. If we take the wrong road, we can end up in the wrong place. That is why getting on the right road in life is vitally important, especially if we're going to get where we truly want to go.
The good news is we get to choose which roads we get to travel. The not so good news is a lot of people don't have a clue where the right roads are located. They are so far off track, off course and off target that they barely know which end is up. They have taken so many wrong turns and made so many wrong decisions that they have become completely, totally, utterly lost.
And they have given up hope.
"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are."
John Pierpont Morgan
That doesn't mean these people have lost their ability to dream, to clearly envision themselves leading the lives they so desperately long to live. And while they still dream, they have slowly but surely lost their capacity to believe - both in themselves and their ability to make their dreams come true. Having hit rock-bottom, these folks reach a defining moment in their lives.
Are they going to stay right where they are and allow their dreams to die on the vine or are they going to muster the courage to turn their lives around? Are they going to stay where they are right now or are they going to make a move and make something happen?
In order for their lives to get better, they have to do better. And they have to start doing better right now. If they don't, they won't. And they'll sadly consign themselves to a world of doing without.
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
Don't you wish you could close your eyes, make a wish and suddenly have your dreams come true? Wouldn't that be great? Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy. But it's not nearly as difficult as many of us make it out to be either. If you truly want to change where you are and start making tracks in the right direction, you've got to change what you do each and every day. Otherwise, you're going to keep trucking right on down life's dead end roads.
So how about it, are your actions taking you where you want to go? Is your current path moving you in the right direction right now? Is your present course moving you towards the attainment of your goals and aspirations? The truth of the matter is that you're always going somewhere. Maybe not someplace you really want to go, maybe not as quickly as you want, but somewhere nonetheless.
And many times that somewhere is nowhere close to anywhere you want to go.
In order to get where you want to go, you must first identify where you are right now. Be brutally honest with yourself; sugarcoating and soft selling your present state won't get the job done here. After that, you must determine the necessary steps that must be taken to get from where you are today to where you ultimately want to be. That means detailing each and every step you are going to have to take. Then you've got to start taking those steps - and keep taking them - until you reach your destination.
And start taking them right now.
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
Once you know where you are, know where you're going and know what you must do to get there, the only thing that can stop you is... YOU. And that's not going to happen! Not here, not now.
Other people cannot stop you if you refuse to give in to what they say and do. Make sure you do. Conditions and circumstances, regardless of how severe or dire they may appear, cannot stop you if you don't give them that chance. Make sure you don't. In fact, nothing on earth can prevent you from reaching your objectives when you commit your heart and soul to the effort.
Do you know where you want to go? Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to get there? Are you ready to start right now?
All right then; it looks like you're good to go.
The Bottom Line: Stop dreaming and get moving and make something happen today.
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