Welcome back purple ducks! Our topic today is choices or, more specifically, making strategic choices. It is ironically appropriate in light of a loved teacher sticking to her guns rather than continuing down her current path. On a personal level, however, *not* making the easy choice is the most difficult thing I’ve ever tried to learn. It is something I continue to struggle with.
I used to think that was good. I was “easy to please” and my complacency could even be construed as “happy.” As long as I got the same results from making the same choices…I was.
It’s amazing it didn’t happen sooner, but the first important time my easy choices didn’t yield easy results, I was completely lost. I was a good person with a great work ethic. I was easy-going, dang it! Why couldn’t I get where I wanted?
Easy. I worked my tail off 9-5… and that’s it. I invested in my current position rather than my long-term career. Goals? ……uhhhhh.
Clearly, change would require a serious adjustment in perspective.
So I made a hard choice. I would figure out what the heck I wanted out of life (at least for the next 5 years) and go after it like my heels were on fire. How I wasn’t completely sure, but I tucked this quote in the back of my mind:
“If you want something you’ve never had before, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done before.”
I’m not sure where it originated, but it worked. When presented with a choice, I took my time weighing my options. With a little direction from an aggressive entrepreneur and a great teacher, I started building an online presence. I read articles. I wrote articles. I even networked… and slowly I watch my goals become visible off in the distance.
They are still tiny dots, but they are in sight. I’ll keep making hard choices until I get there.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. What have you done this week (however small) to get where you want to be?