Sometimes it feels good to be a passenger and go where life takes you.
—Calm App Reflection
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When you take trips in your car, who drives? What percentage of the time are you at the wheel versus riding shotgun or even in the back seat?
I have a strong preference to be in control, and only reluctantly become a passenger when I’m tired and the risk of me driving affects the safety of those with me.
Given this pattern, today’s quote seemed worth a closer look, and I became curious about what I might be missing with my hands always in the “two and ten” positions.
Choose an entire day in which you let others and life itself take the wheel.
How might you make this a regular practice to see what surprises life may offer around the next corner?
“Turn in the direction of the skid.”
—Driving School adage
Image from Unsplash by Meghan Schiereck
Having lived in Michigan over half my life, I’ve experienced my share of icy roads! Before front or four-wheel drive, traction control, and the latest in snow tire technology, today’s quote was the best advice and coaching to avoid or minimize accidents.
How do you try to control the many aspects of your life? How fast are you going these days? How many icy patches are you experiencing on your personal and professional roads through life?
It turns out the more we slam on the brakes and over-steer, the worse things become.
Where is it appropriate for you to fully embrace an icy patch or two in your world? How can you calmly turn into these skids to get back on the road to a better life?
“Don’t try to teach a whole course in one lesson.”
—Kathryn Murray, Ballroom Dancer
Two months into the new year and already I see a large number of people frustrated, slowed down, or completely stopped in the pursuit of their personal and/or professional goals.
One of the most common reasons for setbacks is the desire and attempt to do too much too quickly, which results in being overwhelmed, losing focus, and of course, a lack of the anticipated results.
It is appropriate, in such situations, to regroup and establish a new course of action with far fewer steps and far more finite and reasonable expectations.
Select one – and only one – important professional or personal project that is not going as you desire where you have tried to do too much too quickly.
Break this project into smaller, more digestible nuggets and spread them out over a longer time frame, to achieve the results you wanted the first time.