Change Your Direction
Author and speaker Jim Rohn was crediting as having said,
“You cannot change your destination overnight,
but you can change your direction overnight.”
In other words . . . we may not always be able to instantly, as if by magic, change our current situation. Make that scary career move. Get out of that draining relationship. Be rid of that pile of debt.
But we can start making decisions and taking actions that will drastically [and positively] alter the direction our lives are heading. And we can start that right now. This very moment.
One of the best courses of action to take when you’re stuck in that seemingly endless rut? Ask for help. But, if you’re anything like me, asking for help is almost non-existent in your vocabulary. You’re strong. Confident. Value your independence. You don’t need anyone else’s help, advice or guidance. You can take on the world single-handedly . . . any day, any time. You don’t dare show fear, weakness or imperfection.
Asking for help. I hate it. But I recently did just that. I’d like to say that I accepted a trusted friend’s input and assistance because I was able to overcome that fear of asking for it. But that wouldn’t be remotely close to the truth. Nope, as we spoke on the phone, I was still scared to death.
Then why did I even deal with that and bother to put myself in that situation at all? Because I know that I have some rather lofty future goals in-mind. I’ve also grown to realize that no one man (or woman) can accomplish some of those things by him/herself. Certainly not I. And I’ve learned through experience that nothing stands in our way as vehemently as the roadblocks we create for ourselves. The decisions we make. The prejudices we carry. The mistakes we fail to learn from. Remove those obstacles and holy crap- you’re completely unstoppable!
So, yeah . . . asking for help totally sucked. However, I swallowed my pride, struggled through that difficult phone call, transparently laid my troubles out on the line, and already feel better. A true friend lent a caring ear, gave useful opinions and advice, and selflessly offered assurance and support. The conversation helped me to get my head on straight, see possible solutions to the problem (or should we say, opportunity) at-hand, and become more aware of adjustments I can make in my day-to-day life now that will positively affect what I’m able to accomplish in the future.
It did not immediately change my destination . . . my current place in life.
But it definitely changed my direction.
Take action NOW —–>
1. No clue how to get over that hurdle you’ve been avoiding for weeks, months or years? Ask for help. Suck it up. Do it. Change your life for the better, give yourself the ability to move past that bump in the road, and never look back.
2. Have you already had an experience where asking for help made all the difference in the world? If you’re comfortable sharing in a comment below, it would be great to know I’m not the only one in this boat.
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