Have you ever made your GPS system angry?
Well it can happen. I wanted to travel through some picturesque small towns on my way to Virginia and decided to take some back roads. My GPS had been programmed for the most direct route to my destination. I started to hear “Rerouting…. rerouting …rerouting” as it quickly calculated ways I could get back on the track it had been programmed for. What it didn’t realize is that my goal had changed. I was no longer interested in the most direct route to that destination.
I am meeting so many people right now who are being told to reroute but not by choice. They were on route to 20 years with their company or they were on track to a degree but because of circumstances beyond their control they now they have to “reroute”. A change of circumstance, unless planned by you, can be disconcerting. It can be anxiety producing. It can leave you stuck, like a deer in headlights.
The factors that allowed me to ignore my GPS that day were: I had a travel companion and knowledge about the area. That along with the certainty that I could correct my course whenever I wished allowed me to travel worry free. I knew that I was not lost even though my GPS was going crazy. It actually eventually just stopped talking to me. Who knew a GPS system could pout! In all seriousness though, leaving the set course of your life can be scary, or exhilarating depending on the mindset that precedes it. Having others along the journey to discuss the experience can provide guidance and calm; gaining knowledge about how to navigate the unknown, and engaging in an optimistic mindset in times of uncertainty will be keys to successfully moving forward.
When I got to my destination it was later than had been expected, but I got there. I brought with me, no anxiety, only memories of hidden valleys and delightful architecture that I had been able to experience only because I had veered off course for a few hours. You will also get to a place of safety; get there with good memories, minus the echoes of stress and anxiety that you may be currently experiencing. A good guide and some coaching can make all the difference.
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