Life can seem like a confusing and overwhelming journey at times. It isn’t always clear which way to go or what to do next.
Fortunately, there are some clear guiding lights you can follow if you learn to recognize them.
These signposts will show you exactly what you should do. There isn’t any crystal ball or hocus pocus involved. It is just learning what to look for and following. As you do, the right path will reveal itself.
Guiding Lights to Help You Find Your Way
It is rare that life grabs you by the shoulders, jerks you around and pushes you directly toward where you should go. The signs are usually much more subtle than that. Therefore, you’ve got to know what to look for and be attentive to the direction given.
Here are ten guiding lights that I’ve used to help me find my way:
Do you ever feel dissatisfied with where you are at? If so, then this is a guiding light that it is time to try something different. The first step in any journey is to realize that it is time to get up and leave where you are. That restless desire you have is a sign that your time has come to move along. Listen to it and start looking for what you should do next.
There is a lot of talk these days about following your passion. One of the reasons for this is that passion is a strong guiding light. What have you done lately that really made time fly for you? You probably need to explore this area of your life further. It is likely a strong hint that will lead you to greater fulfillment and happiness. By the way, if you need help discovering your passion, then check this out.
Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. What do you find beautiful and pleasing? The allure may be trying to tell you something. You are attracted for a reason. Follow this longing to discover where it leads. You may just find a whole new life for yourself surrounded by what you love the most.
Believe it or not obstacles are some of the strongest guiding lights you’ll ever encounter. I’ve experienced this personally more than once. I’ve been hot on the pursuit of a new endeavor only to keep running into one problem after another. It seemed that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get any traction. Later it came to light that these obstacles were saving me from a big mistake.
5. Past Achievement
When you are stuck and trying to figure out where to go from here, it is a good idea to reflect on your past achievements. Where have you had success before? What are your strengths? The answers to these questions are little indicators to help you find a new path to explore. Maybe there is a new, creative twist you can apply to a past success to get things flowing again.
Guiding lights can help you know what to avoid as much as what to pursue. Failures may tell you what not to do again. We should learn from our mistakes. Where have you failed in the past and what caused these failures? The answers should reveal to you lessons that you need to incorporate into your future plans.
I’m sure you are familiar with the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Well, there is certainly some kernel of truth in this. What does your network of contacts look like? What direction are they leaning and how can you follow in their footsteps? If you dig into these ideas and analyze them a bit, you’ll definitely find some guidance.
I’ve found that we generally have two lists of talents. Those that we use regularly and some that are fairly well hidden. You need to take a look at both. Make a list and start considering how you might be able to bring some of your hidden talents to the forefront to enhance talents you use more regularly. This may disclose to you a previously unnoticed opportunity.
Serendipity is a beneficial or desirable outcome that seems to happen almost by accident. Serendipity is often referred to as luck or good fortune. Don’t ignore these chance encounters and odd twists of fate that materialize in your life. I’ve found that these guiding lights often have bigger payoffs than any other I follow. My life wouldn’t be nearly as good if I’d missed a few serendipitous opportunities.
10. Open Doors
I’ve met more than one person that was standing on the threshold of an amazing new chapter in their life, but was hesitant to step through the open door before them. Open doors are like huge beacons calling us forward. If you don’t take the risk, you’ll always regret it. How much brighter does the light have to be before you’ll follow it?
What signs or guiding lights do you follow when you need direction? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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