Monday Motivation – 10 June 2013

June 10, 2013

General, Motivation, Tips & Tools

Weekly Motivation Messagecourse correct

When you make a mistake do you continue on that path or do you get back on track? This week’s Monday Motivation is all about “what if” we kept going down the path of a mistake without course correcting?

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Missed-takes

I don’t know why it is, but many people go through life on a wrong road when they make a wrong turn.

You wouldn’t think of doing it when you were driving a car. I remember when I was a child, my dad took a wrong exit off a freeway in California. It was an exit to a different freeway, and by the time we got back to the original route, several minutes had passed, and my father was gun-shy about California freeways. We never took a wrong exit on a California freeway again.

But the point here is that we got back to the original route, and returned to our journey to make our destination.

It seems so simple when you talk about it where it regards driving. It’s difficult to understand why people have such a difficult time when they make a wrong turn in their lives.

Perhaps it’s the fact that so many people have no clear-cut destination as to where they want to wind up in their life. They follow the old adage, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will do.”

So if we know where we’re going, it becomes easier to make it back to the right path. If we had been old hands at the California freeway system at the time (this was 1965), we could have taken a different road to reach the same destination, but since we didn’t know much about the roadways, we took the next street exit, got back on the freeway going the other way, and hoped that it would return us to the right path, which it did.

In our lives, we occasionally make wrong turns, and as in driving, the best thing to do when that happens is to find a path back to your original destination. It might be a difficult routing; there may be the occasional toll to pay. But when you fall, the thing to do is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on track to where you want to go.

How terrible it would be if we set ourselves on a path to Seattle (for example), and instead took a wrong turn and ended up in Tijuana. All it would take would be one wrong exit, and the stupidity to stay on a wrong road despite all the signs that indicate you’re going in the wrong direction.

How equally terrible it would be if we set our sights on a grand destination in our lives, and by making a mistake and taking a wrong turn, we wound up never reaching our true potential, just because we were too stubborn to admit our mistake and set a new path to our original goal.

Copyright, 2012, by Daryl R. Gibson.

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