You are here.
Have you ever been in an unfamiliar locale and relied on one of those maps to find a simple route to where you wanted to go? Perhaps Disneyland? Or Manhattan? Or some other fantastic destination? How nice that those maps are posted in highly frequented places, with a big dot or star marking your current location. Of course, without such a guide, most of us have some other resource, maps on our smartphones, perhaps, a brochure provided by the concierge at the hotel, or a good, old-fashioned, impossible to re-fold “gas station” map. The trick with the old paper variety, though, was figuring out, on the map, where you are, then to locate where you want to be, then to try to figure out the best route to get there. Necessity being the mother of invention, the simplified “You Are Here” maps and the interactive smartphone apps provide a much easier and user-friendly option.
So, in the journey of your life; you are here. Where do you want to go? How will you get there? Are you looking for the most direct route? Or do you want to take the scenic route and take in some attractions along the way? Have you ever thought about your life in this manner? It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Or have you ever even questioned yourself, “Where do I want to go from here?”
And just like standing before that map on Main Street in Disneyland, sometimes you see the star, where you are, and your desired destination at another point on the map, but you question which route is best, most direct, most efficient. Often, in my travels, I have observed people collaborating over routes on maps, whether posted, on a smartphone, or even the good, old-fashioned, impossible to re-fold “gas station” maps. People often will consult with and take the advice of complete strangers on the optimal route from where they are to where they want to be. I have been to New York City a handful of times, for business, over the past few years. As I walk down the streets, I am often asked how to get to some site, attraction, or street. I can usually provide some assistance, being only an occasional visitor, and having only seen a sliver of the city. I may not be the best resource for directions in Manhattan, but I do my best. Buyer beware, I suppose. I do, usually, qualify my directions by prefacing my suggested route with the fact that I, too, am only a visitor.
As a frequent business traveler, I often rely on my Garmin Nuvi to guide me along highways, across the countryside and through cities to some location. More than once, this trusted device has led me on some pretty crazy routes through not so great areas, and I know there is a safer, more direct route, I just don’t know what that route is. I am at the mercy of this electronic device plugged into the cigarette lighter of my rental car to guide me, hopefully, to my destination, hopefully, safely and timely. This being the same device that, on one adventure I embarked on from my house, advised I turn right at the end of my street, which is, and always has been, a dead end. So, whom do we trust to give us directions? On the street, and in life?
I have a dear friend who is extremely directionally challenged. We’d been roommates for a few years during college, but we eventually moved away from each other, though we were in the same large, metropolitan area. I was to visit her one day and she provided me with directions to her house. I knew a bit about the general area she lived in and upon reviewing her directions, realized she was taking me about twenty blocks, on a one-way street, past her street, crossing over a block, then doubling back up on another one-way street twenty blocks to her house. I relied on my own navigational skills and saved myself the scenic tour. Is someone, perhaps even someone you love and trust, steering you wrong?
So whether you are visiting a directionally challenged friend, Disneyland, New York, or just going to the end of your street, knowing where you’re headed, who to rely on, and finding the best route to follow is sometimes a challenge. Your life and the path you choose to your goals and desires is no different.
If you are questioning your goals, your desires, where you are now, where you want to be, or how best to get there, life coaching may be the best navigational assistance you can rely on. Life coaching can help you identify where you are, where you want to go and the most beneficial path to lead you there, specifically based on your unique needs. Better than the GPS you plug into the cigarette lighter in your car, your life coach is there with you every step of the way to make sure your journey is everything you want it to be and to assure you reach your destination timely, safely and well-prepared.
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