I live in a pretty rural community. Population: 20,000 (give or take a few folks) To be able to get to a larger city, we have to travel through a lot of farmland. Inevitably, on any given journey, one of my children will ask “Where are we?” and the standard answer is, (usually in unison) “We’re out in the middle of nowhere”. If you’ve driven through the Midwest, you can probably relate.
Perhaps right now, in life, you feel like you are “out in the middle of nowhere”. Mapless, goal-less, clueless, could care less. Being nowhere is impossible. Think about it: No matter where you are, you’re somewhere. It may not be where you want to be. You may not be happy about it. It may just be temporary. It may be on your way to somewhere else. But, you are somewhere.
It’s been said that most people put more planning and preparation into going on vacation than they do their personal lives. I’ve always been a planner and color coded calendar freak so I don’t get the no planning thing, but I do know people who the saying holds true for. Here are three things I think you need to go from “out in the middle of nowhere” to “I’ve arrived!”
1. GPS: Not that kind of GPS, but kinda. My GPS stands for Great Planning System. It’s great when we get in our cars and plug in our final destination into the navigation system, push a button and presto! Our answer on how to get where we’re going is given to us. But navigating life isn’t quite so easy. And I suggest, we wouldn’t want it to be. You see, our GPS might give us the answer, but it doesn’t give us many alternate routes, or CHOICES!! A Great Planning System will allow you to see big picture and then CHOOSE which direction to take. Sure you may come across some roadblocks, detours and red lights along the way, but those obstacles can also be overcome by good planning.
2. Co-Pilot. God is mine. I also have many friends that truly “know the back roads” out in the country, and in life. Great advisors can truly help you get to where you’re going much quicker and make the trip less bumpy and help you navigate the inevitable detours.
3. Conviction – No matter the road blocks and obstacles we encounter, nothing will get you through the congestion like a deep belief in yourself and your goal. You know the difference between interest & commitment? When you are interested in something, you allow excuses and you won’t be inconvenienced to achieve it. But when you’re committed – you make no excuses, accept only results and you are willing to be inconvenienced in hitting the outcome. Conviction, leads to commitment.
So where are you? Now you know, the answer is not “Out in the middle of nowhere”. You are somewhere so to get where you’re going, pinpoint your location, plan your course & choose your path and I will meet you at the intersection of “I’ve Arrived” and “Glad I Made The Trip”.