Sense of Direction is the second sense I want to cover this week. I’m not referring to one’s ability to be able to navigate the highways, back roads and interstates when driving, but rather one’s navigation through life. I encourage you to do a self-assessment to define your personal compass. When you are moving toward those things in life that excite you and that you are passionate about, take a closer look at those. Those will be your true north. It is in those areas that you’ll likely find you are most successful. When you’re working in areas that others have drawn you into to further what they are passionate about, those are the areas that likely drain you emotionally and your performance of related activities will be more mediocre than great.
If you find yourself involved more in what others are passionate about, but you’re afraid of disappointing them by stepping away from those to focus on your areas of interest, think about this. Are you really an asset to that person, or organization? Wouldn’t it be better to step away and let someone else whose passions align with that person’s step into your role, instead?
“I used to spend so much time reacting and responding to everyone else that my life had no direction. Other people’s lives, problems, and wants set the course for my life. Once I realized it was okay for me to think about and identify what I wanted, remarkable things began to take place in my life.”
― Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Daily Meditations on Codependency