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Journey vs. Path: Five Guidelines for Living Without a Master Plan

In life, are you on a journey or a path?

“Meant To Be” (Found this Monday in the grocery store sale bin!)

While the latter is a course that’s been set in its entirety (a master plan), a journey asks you to draw the map as you go. A path is well-trodden; a journey well hidden. Both take you to a destination, but one keeps the identity a surprise.

Me? I’m a journey girl, even in business. A young woman at a recent event asked me about my plans for We Bold Souls. My answer was something like, “Continue presenting my programs and see where that leads.” Definitely not the stuff of business plans.

I operate this way because I love staying open to possibilities and seeing things develop organically. And because I believe there’s already a perfect path for me, ready to unfold as long as I don’t get in its way with my idea of the perfect path.

But even on journeys there are guidelines, so if you’re thinking of veering toward the tall grass, you’ll need to know the following:

1)      Set intentions.

This is the high level view of your life and what separates journeying from aimless wandering. For me it looks like this: “My intention is to live my purposes in life, to be the mom my kids need and to spread the message of presence and gratitude in the way it’s meant to be shared and to whom it’s meant to reach.”

2)      Do the work.

It may be an adventure, but you’re still aiming to reach a destination. Dedicated action in line with your intentions (and in combination with #5) will help get you there.

3)      Stay open.

Remember that quote by Seneca? “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Well, you’ve got the preparation part covered in #2, so this is a reminder to allow possibility into your life.

4)      Be vulnerable.

It’s how we achieve #3, whether we’re meeting new people or exploring a novel venture.

5)      Check in.

As a certified life coach, I believe you hold within the answers to your life’s direction. So why not just chart the path in advance, you may ask? Well, the answers arise as you need them, as you’re ready to take that next step. Which is why pausing to listen—meditation, prayer, time in nature—is a critical continual activity. It allows you to tap into your direct line to God.

As I answered that woman’s question about the direction of my business, I stood in the midst of LUNAFEST and the We Bold Souls’ sponsorship table. And I felt proud to add “I don’t need to know the next 100 steps to take, just the next one,” confident that the journey that had brought me to this amazing, never-imagined spot would continue leading me on one fantastic voyage.

Do you feel like you’re on a journey or a path? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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