We've all experienced moments in our life when we hear ourselves say "YES" to a job, person or situation we know deep in our heart isn't right for
us. And still we do it. As soon as "yes" leaves our lips somewhere in
us we hear a voice that screams "NO! Don't do it!" but somehow another
part of us kicks in and our mind overrules the wisdom of our body and
we find ourselves on a path we never intended.
Sometimes these wrong turns can be detrimental to our wellbeing. They cause stress and
put us in danger of losing ourselves indefinitely. Other times we
immediately realize our "yes" has led to an "o-oh" and we decide right
then and there to go back to the beginning and start again.
Either way, when you find yourself in a sticky situation, only you have the
power to declare you took a wrong turn and only you can decide when
it's time to get back on track. These tips may help.
Be honest with yourself. Admit, as quickly as possible, you made a choice that
led you down the wrong path. Nothing will change until you personally
acknowledge the decision you made isn't working for you. The sooner,
the better. Be willing to take 100% responsibility for the choices you
make for your life.
Plan an exit strategy. Once you've admitted to yourself you're on the wrong path, decide how you're going to get
back on track. In some situations it may be necessary for you to stop
what you're doing immediately. Most of the time, a fast exit may lead
to even more stress and poor decision making. Take the time you need to
get very clear on what it is you do want, and get back on track one
step at a time.
Be gentle with yourself. Beating yourself up will only damage your self esteem. Realize everyone takes wrong turns
-- even the most successful individuals take several wrong turns before
getting it right. Remember, life is ten percent how we make it and
ninety percent how we take it.
Look for the lesson. There are no mistakes and there's always a lesson to be learned -- and even a
blessing. What did taking a wrong turn teach you about yourself? Do you
need to listen to your gut more and others less? Do you need to finally
listen to your heart and follow its calling? Do you need to value
yourself more? Do you need to redefine what success means to you?
Do better next time. Life is full of second chances. Be willing to take
them! Let go of the past and commit to do whatever it takes to get back
on the right track. The wisdom you've gained from taking a wrong turn
will help you do better next time.
There's only one way to live life on your right track. Listen to your heart. It holds the secret to
your happiness and the key to your success.
Cari Vollmer is the creative founder of LifeOnTrack.com. LifeOnTrack.com’s
inspirational e-zine, LivingOnTrack, offers practical success tools,
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