As I walked on the beach early this morning close to the ocean I noticed a long path of footprints in front of me. They were going in a straight line. There was only that one trail at first, but as I kept taking steps forward another path came into the picture and intersected with the original trail, and then took its own course into the ocean. There weren’t any people in sight. It was in the quietness of this morning staring at the two different paths that Inspire Moment #100 hit me, Footprints.
We are all moving in a direction. Sometimes we don’t know where we are headed and other times we know exactly where we are going. A couple questions for you to ponder are 1) What is leading you in your life? 2) What is tugging at your heart for you to go one way or the other? We are all on a different path and my last question for you is this, when your journey isn’t turning out the way that you envisioned it to be, would you trust something or someone to lead you along a different way? A way, a path, that just feels like it fits for you.
The inspiration behind Inspire Moment #100 is to encourage you to take some rest this week and to think about what is leading you. Think about what is important to you on this journey. You are making Footprints every day so if you aren’t going in the direction that you planned, trying opening up and intersecting with a new path to help get you on your way.
Know that along your journey people will come into your path, your life, for a just a couple steps or maybe for a couple seasons. They bring something to your journey. They could bring comfort. They could bring support. They may bring hardship. They could bring negativity. They should bring love. They might just bring you joy.
The key is to make a strong Footprint in your life every day because the journey that you’re on does have a direction, you just have to trust it and be a good passenger.
There will be times in our journey that we will feel unsure of what the next step is to help us reach our goals in life. Whether it in our career, our personal life, the steps to pursue our dreams, etc., it can feel overwhelming and often times we don’t take a step at all and get stuck in one spot…and for a long time. I have been there before! Are you familiar with that feeling? Well, Inspire Moment #97 is about Jogging in Place and I want to motivate you today to keep moving, even if it’s jogging in one spot for a long time, instead of completely stopping in your tracks.
So let me paint this picture…imagine you are off on a run or a brisk walk this afternoon. You have a great pace going, heart rate is up and you’re feeling good. You see up ahead a crossroad and so you start to think about which way you want to turn before you get there. You know your options are that you can step and turn left or you can step and turn right. Simple. Maybe you realize as you get closer that you are unfamiliar with the area and so your pace begins to slow down. You feel that you want to stop in your tracks because you don’t know what decision to make. At that moment is where I want to motivate you to “Flip the Switch™” in your head and use Inspire Moment #97 to keep Jogging In Place instead of stopping in your tracks. Did you know that Jogging in Place is also an option? You know you don’t always have to make the decision right then and now. Maybe you aren’t ready! And you know what? That’s okay! Maybe you need to jog in place for awhile and think things through until you feel confident to take your next step in the run, in life, at work, etc.
Whether you are on a run/brisk walk, in your professional life or personal life the goal is to keep moving, even if it’s in the same spot. Don’t let your mental pace stop because you don’t know the right decision, the next move, the perfect plan, etc. The goal is to keep your pace. Get it, YOUR pace! That could mean on that run that you jog in one spot to keep your heart rate up. It could mean at work that you assess all the options (keep moving) instead of just throwing in the towel and giving up on leading the project. It could mean in your personal life to test out that new thing, idea, location you want to move to, etc (keep moving) instead of throwing your idea in the garbage and forgetting about it. It could mean continuing to strengthen and condition your mindset (keep moving) even though life is great and no curve balls have come your way.
It’s better to keep Jogging in Place without a clear sense of when your next step will be taken, than to stop in your tracks and then have no clue where you are going. Keep your head up and keep up your pace!