Follow your path… even if there are detours

I sometimes worry and second-guess myself when it comes to my writing and business goals. Do you?

Time spent worrying is wasted, absolutely wasted. Yet, sometimes, it’s difficult to see the goal if there are turns and bumps along the way.

Park benchIsn’t it so easy to take a time out, sit off to the side, and ponder and question which next steps and actions will be the best?

Here’s a secret: we don’t need each step we take toward our goal be ‘the best’. We just need to take the next step and get it done, so that we can then take the step after that.

Detours can, and will, pop up.

But here’s a key: detours (as is their definition) lead back to the original path, so they aren’t bad! We will get where we’re going.

So, even though it may not seem like it at times, more often than not, even with doubts and detours, we’re still headed toward the end zone and we’ll reach it eventually.

When I have doubts about my progress, I pull out the ‘map’ (list of goals and tasks) I have to my destination, review it, and get back ‘on the road’ if I’ve discovered I’ve wandered off a bit.

I had to do that today, in fact. And when reviewing my overall goals, I discovered I’m further along than I imagined. It’s quite a motivator!

I hope if you find yourself struggling with reaching your ultimate goals, that you’ll allow yourself to look at where you are, and focus on the next item on the list instead of spending precious time worrying or doubting about what ‘should have’ been done.

With a clear objective in mind, you will end up where you want to be.

Lisa J. Jackson is an independent writer and editor who enjoys working with businesses of all sizes. She loves writing about NH people, places, and activities. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom where she gets to network with writing professionals on a weekly basis. You can connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

32 thoughts on “Follow your path… even if there are detours

  1. Good stuff! I especially connected with this key point: “We just need to take the next step and get it done, so that we can then take the step after that.”
    Well-stated, practical, supportive … Thank You!

  2. I just wrote a post recently and much of it had to do with writing detours–the funny thing is, I didn’t mention the word detour! Very encouraging post–all of us writers do feel we get off the path from time-to-time and like we’re living in some sort of vacuum, or as I like to put it, I’m off in a galaxy far, far away… I will keep the word “detour” in my mind–it’s much less defeating!

    • Hi Don, I’m glad you liked the post. Yours resonates with me in regard to distractions. I actually live at the bottom of a mountain road that I enjoy walking up, and there are a lot of side roads and ‘little hills’ I can take on the way to the top. Those are definitely not detours for me, they’re distractions and ways to pull me off the main road (as you mention in your post). Taking any of them will never get me to the top of the mountain (they do not go to the top!). Thanks for sharing the link – it’s different perspective on detours.

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  4. Great stuff! I think I’m going to bookmark this one and go back to it when times get rough and the over-thinking beast rears its ugly head. Thanks for writing!

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