"Don't get in that car."
I got in the backseat, and off I rode.
Most times, we choose, or our parents tell us instinctlvely to make the decisions that have the least amount of risk involved.
"What do you mean you are quitting your job, what will you do for health insurance?"
"How are you going to live with no money coming in, you are going to deplete all your savings, and then what?"
"Are you sure you know what you are doing?"
The answer frequently is, "I don't know."
Yet, we jump-- because we must, and we know intuitively that regardeless of the outcome, the situation we are currently in, is JUST NOT THE RIGHT ONE.
I've got this theory. It's called "One Degree."
One Degree away from my current path.
How can I push myself "off of the current tracks I'm on, to go one degree away from my destiny?"
Professionally, it means visualizing where I believe the market will go in one year. It means taking a risk -- (and many times being dead wrong) -- but, trying to see what no one else can see, and acting on it.
The key phrase is, ACTING ON IT.
How do we ACT ON IT? How do we go just, one degree away from the path we have chartered for ourselves, and really move......
I spoke to someone recently who is having a very hard time personally. Tough divorce, kids struggling -- and as I'm listening to the story, I hear the challenge of dysfunction, the months turning into years, and all I keep thinking of is.....
"How do you move one degree away from your destiny?" "How do you move your children one degree away from what lies ahead for them, for the destiny that YOU HAVE placed them on?"
Unfortunately, many times children cannot move one degree away, they just dont have the freedom that adults have. Our kids are rewarded, or burdened with our decisions, and their one degree is hampered by parents......
One degree could be a job.
One degree could be a relationship.
One degree could be a tough choice that you know is right, but it's been put off till another day to deal with.
One degree is ending something.
One degree is starting something.
One degree is reconnecting.
One degree is disconnecting.
I'm thrilled to say that I've done EACH OF THESE in the past 30 days. Each one has helped me to refine my path, and recalibrate my destiny.
Professionally it is hard. Personally it is much harder.
I ultimately got in the car, and it changed my life. I defied the safe and secure choice that was mandated of me.
The ride is much sweeter when we know we not only control our destiny, we define it -- and ultinately we shape it.
I'm one degree away from where I should be right now. I'm one degree off course, and I really think it is where I belong.
One degree away forces us to be both insecure and uncomfortable.
And, I'm both.
That's how I know I'm on the right path......for me.