While creating a lifestyle that your love, one of balance that you can enjoy at any time it is important to embrace life’s journey. Robert J Hastings speaks of life’s journey as being like a train trip. A trip with many adventures before you get to your destination.
Life has many roads you can go down to get to your desired destination, and sometimes it is difficult to figure out just what to do. In fact, the roads are the seasons of life. A season of study and being a student. Then comes working, finding a way to earn a living that you enjoy. You might meet someone, get married, and start a family during that time. Eventually, as the children become young adults, you may go through a season of finding purpose in life, a season of finding a job you love or starting your own business.
I started this blog while searching for answers and ways to create a life with more flexibility, balance and choice. I have life goals, many of which are still unfilled. Many of the goals I set myself, I knew I wouldn’t achieve doing the job I was doing, so I started the journey of change. Which for me included changing jobs, learning new skills, and commencing a side business from home.
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Certainly, knowing where you would like to go and setting goals to get there is a great first step.
Keeping your destination in view.
Life is never boring. No day is the same when you embrace each day. However, embracing each day is, at times, difficult. Life happens, and sometimes those goals you set, begin to fade. The goals become one-day goals. But when is one day? Today is one day. Tomorrow is one day.
The best time to work on your goals is now. Therefore, keeping your goals in view is important to help you achieve your goals.
Here are a few ways to keep your goals in view.
- Create a vision board and place it where you can see it.
- Keep a journal and write about your goals and what you are thankful for each day.
- Write about your ideal day and read it daily.
I’ve always been about work-life balance and enjoying life. But I’m no different from you. Of course, I, too, hit roadblocks along the way. Places in my life where I’ve stayed at longer than anticipated. Times when I put my goals to the side. My big goal sometimes feels like it is so far away. Even feeling like it is weighing me down as I struggle uphill to get there. Each struggle is a new obstacle. An insight to learn. With learning comes growth. The moving forward along life’s path.
One thing I do as I work towards my big goal is to visualize my ideal day. I believe that visualizing your ideal day can help you achieve your future goals. When you visualize your ideal day, you take action towards your future. You live in the present, knowing that today’s action equals tomorrow’s results.
The importance of living now on the journey of life.
Embracing life’s journey is about living now, not in the past or future but now.
I go to seminars, join webinars and network with peers to learn blogging, Pinterest marketing and personal development. People I network with all have different goals and paths to create the life they want.
On a training call, I heard, ‘You can take the fast train or the slow train; both trains will get you there.’ This reminded me of the poem The Station and embracing the life you choose.
The train trip, ‘you can take the fast train or the slow train, both trains will get you there‘, refers to arriving at your lifestyle business destination by developing the skills you need for an online business or skills for which path of your life you are developing.
With an online marketing business, the fast train is a paid advertising route. In comparison, the slow train builds relationships and shares value via blogging, social media or your chosen strategy. This scenario is a business trip. Business is one spoke in the wheel of life. The wheel of life has many spokes; business, relationships, personal development, health, and finances all require attention.
Of course, Your train trip will pass through many different areas of your life.
Take a read of the poem below, ‘The Station’ by Robert J Hastings, as it reminds us how to embrace life’s journey.
Life is a journey you and I get to enjoy.
The train trip is a journey. A journey to enjoy. It’s not about hurrying to the destination. Some may say ‘you do not arrive at a destination‘. In fact, this is true with goal setting, as you realign goals, change endpoints and create new goals to achieve. With each adjustment, you change the journey, the experience, what you will see, do, hear and feel along the way.
The one thing I know is it is important to embrace the journey, and embrace life, as the station will come soon enough.
A train trip has many turns, and many routes. A friend may join you for part of your trip, a family member for another. Aristotle speaks of three kinds of people in your life who will join you on your life’s journey. Some of these friends will support you. Some will encourage you, others will guide you or teach you a skill. During the trip, you will experience happiness, sadness, laughter, fun, farewells, expectations and imagination. Don’t hurry to the destination. Embrace the trip as you create your dream life.
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The Station Poem.
Many years ago, I came across the below poem ‘The Station by Robert J. Hastings’, and it is one of my favourites. A poem on life that I read every year. It is a reminder of the importance of enjoying life.
Struggling with your life goals and wondering where to start? Start with identifying your personal values and identifying how your core values link to your goals.
Embrace life’s journey.