Where Are You?


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”.

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About amidean

An entrepreneur with 20 years experience, Ami most recently started the newest addition to her business family, The Rally Point. As the CEO & Mailroom Clerk at The Rally Point, Ami oversees Operations, Sales, Marketing and well, um, the mailroom. After starting WithIn, Inc. (an employee training and development firm) in 2005, she found herself repeatedly asked by her clients to find them a venue with a more inspiring and creativity provoking environment than the saltine cracker hotel room or in-house training room. Frustrated that she couldn't fill her clients requests (simply because it didn't exist in the market) she, being the customer service fanatic she is, created it for them. Ami holds her MBA but she truly feels her greatest accomplishment is being a living example of work/life harmony and to make that work - "You've gotta get creative!' she says. Ami has always felt that if fun couldn't be part of her job responsibilities, she just wouldn't fit the culture. "Now, I laugh, play and am truly able to create the perfect environment for those teams, businesses and organizations that need to incorporate fun into their meetings to boost creativity, production, morale and inspiration. My job rocks and so does The Rally Point, I mean, have you seen this place?" Fiercely passionate about her faith, her three daughters, and the MiAMI Dolphins, Ami still finds time to enjoy sitting on the Boards of Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties and Women in Leadership of Central Illinois, shopping, interior design and traveling.
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2 Responses to Where Are You?

  1. Ami,

    I love this blog, Keep writing. Two changes and because you know me you’ll understand.
    1. GPS – God’s Positioning System
    2. If God is your c0-pilot, move over. 🙂

    Anyway, great blog. Because of your training, God’s strength, and my work, I am 40 lbs. lighter today. On to 100. Thanks!!! – Scott

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