Based on the recent conversations I've had with friends and acquaintances, a lot of people are in the process of restructuring their businesses or their careers. Most of them know they want to do something different, they just don't know what. Others are being driven by a job loss or reduced business revenues. There's a general sense that they have to find something that works better than what they're doing right now.
Wouldn't it be nice to get confirmation beforehand that the direction you want to go in is the "right" one? This is what leads us to look for experts or systems that show us how to take all of the guesswork out. If we just follow these steps we'll get to our destination with a minimum of risk and lots of reward. Yes, it's true that we can learn a great deal from people who have gone before us. If someone can give you a map of where all the pitfalls are, why not take it? But even the best GPS can take you in strange directions that you wouldn't have chosen if you'd known the route better. Not to mention the fact that getting lost isn't always a bad thing. In the process you may find things you never knew existed.
It's human nature to what to know what will happen before it does. We determine our new experiences based on our perceptions of what has happened to us in the past. That makes the unknown frightening, since there is no map to tell us where we're going and what will happen.
There's nothing wrong with asking for help or with getting guidance, but don't forget to consult your internal GPS as well. If you feel that you want to go in a certain direction, it would be a good time to trust your "gut" and get going.
© 2009 Deborah A. Bailey
Deborah A. Bailey is author of two non-fiction books including, “Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life .” She's also the creator and host of Women Entrepreneurs Radio, a weekly internet talk show. Her fiction work includes a short story collection and a novel, available on Amazon.com.
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