Many of us began the journey of our life, found our balance point, and just stayed there. We chose the safest education and the most stable job and just let that take us where it may.
We started off feeling challenged, but that soon grew comfortable and familiar. So, instead of pushing ourselves we let go of the handlebars and went for a ride.
We are no longer challenging ourselves and we know it.
Part of this is because we see a clear road ahead, and assume it’s the only road we can take. Even if you have put in more effort, it doesn't matter. It feels important that the road be clear and predictable.
Personal growth requires us to take on new challenges. We learn to show up in uncomfortable ways. We embrace the need to grow, stretch, and test our reach. Coasting may feel easy, but aren't we dynamic enough as people to do things that are not easy?
Assess where your life is today. Where was your life 10 years ago? Where do you want your life to be 10 years from now? Map out the steps and take the first one.
Step 2: Go Off Road!
It might be time for a change of scenery. The easy road might not provide you the stimulus needed to get excited about life. Veer off the road, and hit the dirt trail. More bumps, more obstacles, and stability not promised. It will get your full attention, and keep you focused on the moment—which is where life happens.
Step 3: Stand Up and Pedal!
Now that you're on a new road, it may be time to put more effort into the ride. Use more of your power and strength—read “talents”--and speed up to a faster pace. This change will require more of you, but that's why we're here.
Step 4: Hit a jump!
As you embrace this bold new journey, find something that that will send you airborne! We all have the ability to fly. We have to have the courage to take on big obstacles, and be comfortable with our wheels leaving the ground.
What new direction do you want to take with your life?