Two Significant Steps

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As we go through our lives, there are many essential steps that we take.  Some take us towards the things we desire, and others do not.  Two steps are most important. The first step is when you’ve decided what you really want to do in life and put your foot on the path to making that goal happen. The second is when you’ve reached your goals and take your first step off the trail you have been following.

There is a lot of wisdom and work that goes into understanding and planning where you want to go in life and what you want to do. If you are planning this, you want to find information on your goals, talk with others, especially mentors and professionals in the fields you are interested in working. You want to think ahead and plan, knowing that the plans will change, and therefore you want to be prepared, so those changes are natural.

As you take this path which you have worked out, there will probably be obstacles that get in your way. You cannot let these obstacles completely derail you if you really want to obtain your goals. If you really want to get to your end goals, you may need to find ways around any roadblocks or washouts that could possibly block you from your desires. For this, you need to stay limber enough to adjust and adapt when those occasions arise.

The second most significant step that you will take is knowing when you have reached your goals, and you step off the path, or at least settle down and make camp. This is tricky. As you work towards those things you desire, other ideas and goals will spring up. You need to figure out which ones enhance and which ones detract from where you want to end up.

As you follow your plan to reach your goal, new goals will crop up. Sometimes these new goals push you further than you originally wanted to go on your outset. And some of these new goals may move you off your planned path altogether and onto new trails. Whichever of these comes up, only one person can make a choice to do one thing or the other. You.

Sometimes you find yourself stuck on the path and reaching for new goals only because you find a void in your life. When you get to that point, you must stop and consider what your original plans entailed and ensure that you are not just doing busywork to fill the emptiness left by the things you used to do.

Whatever you decide your next move should be, make sure it’s right for you and those who have made this journey with you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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