You are always on a journey.
You are reading this article. That’s a journey.
When you watch your favorite TV show – that’s a journey. For example, if you watch The Biggest Loser, you go on a journey where there are extremely overweight people being driven by some pretty ruthless trainers and literally working their asses off. You witness the struggle, the milestones, the weigh-ins, the celebration, etc.
If you huddle around with other co-workers to discuss how horrible your boss is and the latest terrible thing he/she has done and what you’d like to do to them – you’re going on a journey.
When you go to Taco Bell and eat a #4 combo meal – you’re going on a journey.
When you read a magazine/book – you’re going on a journey.
When you sign on to Facebook – you’re going on a journey.
Understanding that we’re always going on journeys allows us to check in with ourselves to ask one simple question. It’s a question that puts the power to change into our own hands:
“IS THIS JOURNEY TAKING ME TO A PLACE I WANT TO GO?”
As you get into the habit of checking yourself with this kind of question, you’re going to discover that sometimes you find yourself on a journey that:
- doesn’t lift you up
- doesn’t bring out the best version of you
- triggers a side of you that you’d prefer not to deal with
- seems antithetical to the productive version of you.
This question is a way to take your life off of auto-pilot.
As you shed unwanted journeys from your routine, you’ll find that your life transforms itself. The self-awareness redirects your mental chatter and reshapes your life. You will feel a shift. And this shift will propel you into a more productive life full of goal-meeting goodness, peace, joy, and FUN.