Graduations have been held or are being held for high schools across the United States and also at the college level. These young adults find themselves at a crossroads in life. However, they are not alone in wondering what is next. Which way do I go? Do I follow the leader? Who’s in the lead?
Some people are retiring from jobs while others say I better not because the economy is not looking good and everything is costing more. What should I do? Follow others? Who’s in the lead to follow?
“Would you tell me please which way I ought I out to walk from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where-“said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way to walk,” said the Cat.
These remarks are taken from the story of Alice in Wonderland and it is such a great adventure! The point is clearly made if you have no direction of where you want to go, then you will continue to move in circles. Thinking with the end in mind from Stephen Covey is the best advice we can provide. You are the leader of your life.
Leader is not an official title someone gives you. You are a leader. Maybe you are only at this moment leading yourself, but you are leading. You are in the driver’s seat of the car of your life and not the passenger. As you continue in your life, you may pick up passengers you will lead.
Choice is a word I believe is another powerful word we have and sometimes do not utilize it fully. If you do not choose to be the leader of your life many others will try to choose for you as they work to influence you in many different ways.
No matter your age thinking with the end in mind does not mean you have to plan out every detail of your life. It is establishing the choices of the pathway you determine to take today can affect you for the rest of your life. The longer you live the more you can reflect on the choices you have made in life to lead you to the place you are today.
The crossroads continue to move you forward. We can reflect, but never take time to try to stay in the past steps traveled or try to retrace those steps with the “what if” remarks of regret. The important fact to remember is the choice we have to continue to move forward on our journey with a pathway of our choice.
Be the solution daily in a world that needs you!