In today’s interconnected world of social media, it can be increasingly difficult to chart one’s own path. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat constantly providing us with notifications on what our family, friends, and favorite celebrities are doing, finding our own way isn’t easy. But following the crowd can lead us away from our goals. It is nice to keep up with our friends and be aware of what they are doing at work, at school, or while they travel, but following their every move can be distracting. Let’s talk about how you can focus on the right moves for your personal development and your career.
Just Because Others Are Doing It Doesn’t Mean It Is Right For You
Let’s say you decide to go back to school, and money is tight for a year or two before you move into your new career. You see all of your friends going on trips to the Caribbean on social media, and they keep messaging you to come out with them. It is definitely tempting. But you’ve made a commitment to school and your budget simply won’t allow it. Taking the trip will set you back financially. What do you do? Your guiding principle should be that you are doing things that will set you up better in the long term. Just because your family and friends are doing something doesn’t mean its right for you in this moment.
Stop Worrying About What Others Think
Let’s take a look at the last scenario. Let’s say that you decided not to vacation with your friends and they are a bit upset with you. It probably makes you feel bad doesn’t it? Well, at the end of the day, you have to focus on reaching your goals. Your friends might not all be aligned in helping you get there. Determining who is going to help push you towards your goals and who is going to hold you back is a major part of finding success.
Have The Courage To Stick With Your Decisions
When things get tough, do you have the courage to stick with your decisions? It isn’t always going to be easy—going back to school can put a damper on your social life, changing careers can bring about feelings of uncertainty—but you have to have the conviction to keep going. Choosing your own path is about picking a goal and sticking with it through the trials and tribulations until you find the kind of success that you deserve. Are you ready to chart your own course?
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Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.