Where Are You Going

There’s a question I’d like you to consider.  How do you know where you’re going? Have you set a goal as to where you want to be in the future? Have you started down that path? Are you moving towards your goal?

I did not ask you if you were going, believe it or not, you are always going somewhere. Time stops for no one. You’re either heading towards a goal you want to be at, or you are drifting, which can take you in any direction. But trust me, you are moving forward, just maybe not in the direction you thought you were going.

Even if you have mapped everything out, done your homework, and talked with all the experts, there is a significant tendency to drift once you are underway. To minimize your drift and ensure you are on the road to what you want, be sure to take timely measurements along the way.

Just as sailors would use a sextant and a clock to measure their latitude and longitude going from one port to another, you can take similar measures. You can look for an occurrence of new ideas sweeping into your goals to see what is new and possibly pushing you off your course to where you want to be. You may want to check current charts to ensure that your unique goals need the knowledge and abilities which you are gathering along the way. It is always better to learn early when you need to know something new, then to arrive there like yesterday’s news.

Taking checks is as easy as reading trade papers, watching YouTube’s on the subject, talking with friends and experts, and keeping your head up, looking for new innovations. New innovations usually make things easier, not harder, so it’s good to know they are there and how they work. And remember, the sooner you learn something new, the more time you have to practice it.

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

Your Destiny

Are you on an adventure?  Most of us are, whether we want to admit it or not.  What makes our lives an adventure? We want to do something, go somewhere, or end up in some location doing specific things and living life to a particular style.  Why is this an adventure?  Good question.

Our lives are adventures because although we know what we would like to do, we may not understand all the hurdles of procuring what we need and getting to where we want to be.  The biggest problem is that the future is continuously changing, and no one can tell you what is actually going to happen.  Side note: If you can actually see the future, I need the winning numbers for the upcoming Saturday Powerball.

We can guess at the future. We can use what has happened in the past as a stepping off point for the future.  We can watch what others are doing and pattern ourselves after them.  Yet there are no guarantees.  The best hope we have is to choose our path and walk it with our head on a swivel looking at the terrain and knowing when we see something different so that we can adjust as needed.

With Artificial Intelligence on the rise, we do not even know if the career we are working in will be accomplished by humans.  Even life coaching has a chatbot on your phone to help you.  I prefer the human to human experience.  At least we can better relate to each other.

The only thing worse than going off into the future with no plan is not to go at all.  We each have our own destiny, and we must each face it, head-on.  The best thing is that if we work at what we want, we will probably do okay.

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

Stick to Your Path

There are many things that a smart person with a little drive and ambition can accomplish.  The question starts to become, should I do this or that?  Some jobs are actually above our skill sets, and some are so far below that they are a waste of our time.

Yes, we can all probably be a greeter at a big box store. Yet if we take a job with no challenge, we end up bored, complacent, and either quitting or being let go. If we feel we should be the manager or supervisor, and we have never built the needed skillset within ourselves, we will drown in our own lack of knowledge and end up being fired for lack of ability.

When looking for a job, be open and adaptable.  Know that you may have to take a position with skills you usually do not use.  Also, know if you stray too far from your actual ability and work experience, you may actually do yourself more harm than good.

How do you avoid the pitfalls of gaining the wrong job?  Study the situation and what the employer wants.  Use a pro and con chart to figure out if the work is right for you.  Also, look at the tasks involved with the position, especially the soft skills that the posting can often overlook.

If the job you need is not available exactly when you need it, taking a lower position to keep bills paid and bread on the table is understandable.  Just remember that it is a short step to your new placement and not an end within itself.   Never give up looking for your correct position on your path of life.

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

Your Path – Your Choice

Yesterday the question was asked, “Are you willing to do what it takes to learn what you want to know?” This is a question that each of you must answer for yourselves. No one else can speak up for you. And, there is no one flying around in a tutu, smacking people upside the head with a wand, and granting them complete knowledge over a subject. You must make the decisions, and you have to do the work.

Nothing in the world is stagnant. Whichever answer you give moves you in a new direction. And whichever direction you go in will bring you closer to, or farther from your goals. If you plan to spend your time doing something, shouldn’t it move you closer to your goals?

It sounds strange, but sometimes the smallest of actions can make a considerable determination in placing us closer to our passion or farther from our goals. These are the things you have to take a close look at as you plan what you want in life, and where you want to end up. Reinforcing your decisions actually helps determine what you do next. If you’re going to go for your gold, is it time to start some actions?

One of the first actions in finding out what you want to do is learning about it. YouTube adventures and trips to the library are both excellent starts. You will probably find out, though, the best way to understand what you’re life goals are about is to talk to those in the industry. Find out who is doing what you would like to do and make an appointment to speak with them.

Find out if there is a shadowing program where you can go out with somebody for a day or two and see what they do and how they do it.

Just a side note. If you’re thinking of becoming a cowboy, going to a dude ranch does not count as job shadowing. In this case, job shadowing may include riding a horse, herding cattle, sleeping under the stars and other real work that cowboys do.

As you explore your passions and what you would like to do in life, you want to make sure you’re seeing the real thing and not a glorified idealism of what people think the job should be. You will do much better as long as you’re looking at real-world work and not just what you think it should be. Sometimes you’ll find the realism harsh, and in that, you’ll know if you’re on the right path or not.

Unfortunately, there is little I, nor anyone else can do for you. We can encourage, give thought, listen, suggest, and other sideline actions. Only you can do and only you know if it’s what you really want to do or not.

This time is filled with both doubt and excitement. And, these actions are vital to your later happiness. It is it much less stressful and less costly to recognize something and change plans now than it is to chase a false dream for a decade or two and then realize it’s not where you want to be.

Just remember you’re never too young, and never too old. You are the only one walking your path, and you are the only one who can make your decisions.

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

You’re In Charge

One of my favorite actors and comedians announced today that he had Parkinson’s disease. Although I felt a little saddened by it, he stated that he felt great. He spoke of all the great things he was doing and the various ways in which he was actively helping people. 

I was moved by the fact that this fantastic person could, instead of dwelling on misfortunes, reach out to help others and live a very meaningful life. I think we should all take a lesson from this. I do not feel any life comes with a guarantee. I do believe that each and every one of us, no matter what the circumstances or how the odds are stacked, are the authors of our own stories.

It is up to us to understand where we want to go, what we want to do, and what paths we need to climb to get there. Sometimes there are traps along the way, trying to hold you back. Many times, some good people and resources can help you along your journey. Although all of this is found along the paths to your goal, only you can walk your path.

With all the well-meaning people, brilliant technology, and mentors along the way, it comes down to you. Only you can determine which goals in life you wish to achieve. Only you can set yourself and motion. Only you can choose the mentors, family, and other significant people and things you take with you.

This does not mean you’re alone. It just says you’re in charge.

Enjoy your life and remember to laugh with others. It is good for the soul.