I was driving home from running errands this week and saw a flashing traffic sign near a construction site that I’ve probably seen a million times before:
Expect Delays Ahead
Consider Alt Route
This time however, it was as if the road sign wasn’t only talking about traffic but also my life. Crazy, huh?
- Should I stay on the road I’m taking home, or is it time for a turn off?
- What if I decide to take another road and get lost?
- Should I choose possible frustration and delays and stay on the path that I know will take me where I want to go?
- What’s the worst thing that could happen if I took a left turn?
Many roads can lead to the same destination. You pick your path. ~ Alli Polin (Click to Tweet)
Are you wondering if it’s time to take the alternate route or hang in there with your current direction?
Here are a few truths to tap into during your decision-making process.
We always have choices available to us but often we choose to ignore the ones that are farthest out of our comfort zone. When we decide to ignore all the options swirling around us and go with the status quo, it’s still a choice. Might as well be intentional.
Risks are ever-present even when we’re on the path of least resistance. The risk of following the straight and narrow? You’ll only ever go where you’ve been before. The risk of turning off your path and starting a new adventure? It will be the equivalent of a boring ride with monotonous scenery. The secret? You can always turn the car around and head in the opposite direction.
There are all kinds of power of positive thinking quotes that inspire us to stay the course. While none of them are rocket science, they serve a purpose – to remind us that even when we’re tired and frustrated and just want out, perseverance will get us through when it really matters. There is a time for turn offs and a time to stay the course. Now may truly be the time for you to keep moving down your intended path. Nobody said the road would be easy (and free from traffic).
HOPE & FAITH
With every decision there is always an element of hope and faith too. It’s like a virtual fingers crossed moment at the point of a decision. Hope, when married to our desire to create something better allows us to take greater risk.; faith needs to be our partner as we take the first turn into the unknown.
Now is the time. You’re on the road and the traffic is moving. Do you turn or do you keep moving forward? Can you absolutely, positively know that you’ll make the right choice before you take action? Nope; it’s a leap. It helps when you’re not alone in the car and have other people riding with you on your journey. They’ll have suggestions, insights and strong recommendations for you. Still, truth is, you’re at the wheel; nobody can turn it for you. It’s time to leap. (Click to Tweet)
In case you’re wondering, I chose to keep on going straight along the path I was already traveling. I was prepared for the delays and was happily surprised when I didn’t encounter them. I zipped home with the realization that external warnings are important but there is no substitution for going with my gut. I had a sense of the right road to take. Who knows, maybe next time I’ll make another choice.
What about you? How do you know when to stay on the road you’re on or to turn off and make a change?
BREAK THE FRAME ACTION: Be intentional. Every “yes” has a flip side “no.” Make a list of what you’re saying “yes” to and what you’re saying “no” to before you leap.