The Right Direction?

Getting from where you are to where you want to go is easy right? We all know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line – So you just have to make sure to take the shortest route, and you will get where you’re going quickly and efficiently.

What if where being a success is concerned, that’s utter garbage?

If you are walking in a straight line, with no obstacles in your way, the shortest distance will always be straight ahead – but not necessarily the fastest or most practical. Throw in a mountain range or a cliff face, and deviations are required. Trying to get from point A to point B in a boat on the ocean and you will find going in a straight line is impossible due to currents and the wind. Getting where you want to go is a case of constantly altering your course so that you are continually moving towards your goals and going where the ‘flow’ takes you.

We all have our own particular difficulties and problems that are holding us back from achieving our goals. I’d propose that there is only one direction that can guarantee you success. It’s not forwards, backwards, to the left or right, going down or even going up…. So if you want to be a success, which way do you need to go?

Inside.

There will always be challenges and obstacles to happiness in our lives, it’s how we choose to approach them that makes all the difference. Most people would rather spend their time sitting in front of the ‘idiot box’ – staying firmly in their comfort zone rather than trying to change, but the payoffs are massive if they work on improving themselves.

There are audiobooks, documentaries, video blogs, life coaches, lectures and self-help books covering an enormous number of areas. There is a strange thing that occurs once you start to work consciously towards improving yourself – you get what you work towards, and are almost guided from one area of discovery to the next.

All you need to do to make massive improvements in your life is spend time and effort learning, just 30 minutes a day to start with will make a big difference. You can get this in the car listening to an audiobook or get up a little bit earlier every day to just read, or make time for yourself each evening before bed. I particularly enjoy listening to an audiobook while doing housework, something the Primal Chicken has no problem giving me more of!

Once you get started on the journey of self-improvement, it can become a passion in its own right. We rise each day at 4 am to meditate and tap (E.F.T.), followed by stretches and some form of exercise, then journaling followed by mental improvement exercises at Lumosity. The whole routine takes about 2 hours, so come 6 am we’re ready to plan the rest of our day where we try to schedule at least 2 x 1-hour blocks on any topic that we want to study that day!

There’s always something for everyone to learn about, have a look at some of these concepts for one that interests you:

  • Influence and Communication
  • Goal Setting
  • Body Language
  • Enhancing Charisma
  • How to Negotiate
  • Time Management
  • Multitasking
  • Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Giving
  • Gratitude
  • Unconditional Love
  • Habits
  • Willpower
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Breathing
  • Science and Mathematics in Nature
  • Meditation
  • Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Sleep
  • Cardio and Weight Training
  • Tapping and EFT
  • Mindfulness
  • Memory and Mental Improvement Techniques
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Forgiveness
  • Public Speaking
  • Journalling
  • Routines
  • Languages
  • Self Reliance
  • Psychology
  • Minimalism
  • Determination

The list just goes on and on, and I have always got half a dozen things I’m studying at the same time… it’s just a matter of following where that little voice inside you suggests looking.

It’s amazing when you start really thinking about all the ideas on that list how many are inter-related, and if we’re missing a key ingredient in our mental makeup, we can identify this problem quickly and change our direction accordingly. That way we can learn to climb the mountain in front of us – and some people actually enjoy climbing you know!

Once you start learning about one thing, you will be drawn to others as a matter of consequence, but if there is no determination to learn and improve yourself, you will stay where you are in life, and many of your dreams will go unfulfilled.

Many people set about making New Year’s Resolutions, and most people fail because they are trying to tackle one particular task. Next time you make a resolution make it broad… but be determined to keep moving in the Right Direction.

As talked about earlier, life isn’t about straight lines or being perfect, it’s about moving towards what you want to achieve and who you want to be, one step at a time.

When you turn the focus of your life from what is going on around you, to what is going on inside, you may even find the answers to life’s biggest questions there too… and that is the ultimate success.

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