Mark Twain said it well.
“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where all the fruit is.”
This is a great quote but it doesn’t necessarily have to mean we need to take a BIG leap over that gaping hole of fear and doubt we are faced with; but rather, why not think of it as meaning to take a STEP BACK, check in and re-evaluate? Listen, it’s not always easy to pull in the reigns and it’s totally not always easy to put on the brakes in life. But how can you make sure you are going in the right direction to meet your goals and aspirations if you don’t chill out for just a second and assess them?
Let’s ask ourselves, “Why don’t we slow down to check in? Why? Because it’s rough and frankly annoying! Most of us are of the mentality that if we stop, even for something important, we’ll lose that hard-earned momentum! But in reality the opposite holds true.
We need to take a pause and do the ground work that will lead you in a more clearly defined direction. Don’t worry. You will still have that momentum but it will be a momentum that is not only fast and furious…but most importantly SUSTAINABLE.
If you can’t ask yourself what your goals are and what direction you are headed for a minute ,perhaps it’s time to slow things down. Check your bearings. It may be the perfect time to test the integrity of the foundation upon which you are building your life. Maybe?
There is a quote by Steven Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) that I came across years ago at my job which said “Let us not get so busy climbing the ladder of success only to look up and realize, it was leaning against the wrong wall!”
Makes sense right?
Don’t be afraid to go out on that limb. To tip toe out to that scary place. Look at that cute goat in the above photo. I can’t say for sure, but Mr. Goat may very well be taking a pause to observe where he is at in life. He may decide that by following his herd he is not following what his goal in life is. Maybe he wants to be the leader of the herd and he is not. Mr. Goat needs to re-evaluate! He may be looking inward and seeing he needs to change something in order to reach his goals.
So bottom line. Take that second and check in with your internal GPS. If it is programmed to go North and your heart wants you to be headed South….reset it.
We do this living thing only once, friends. Let’s all do our best to make sure we’re consciously headed in the right direction.