One of my favorite parts of the Wizard of Oz, was when Dorothy meets the scarecrow. If you were to collect all the things the scarecrow says we would have a cool book of amazing quotations that say so so much…but thats a different post.
This idea of “which way do we go” plagues us all. What is the right job? What is the right direction? What is my path? What is my way? Or the right things to do? What are the wrong things to do? How do I get to where I want to be? How do I know that where I wanna be is really where I should be? People ask these questions on a daily basis.
Steve Covey’s famous book: 7 habits of highly effective people states that you have to begin with the end in mind. That means that you have to start creating whatever future you want today. That’s when the book he goes on to explain how to create mission statements, intention statements, and really ask you to decide how you’re going to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
The obvious question is how do you know where you want to be?
If you look at that one question you’ll see a very very large problem. The whole question is littered with the word “you.” If you look at the ideas of direction it usually involves just “you”. If you focus on just yourself how are you going to get the world to help you become and do what you want to be and do? We live in a world that is completely and utterly interconnected. This is just a very simple fact. Therefore, if you’re going to go about following directions on a path that only involves you, you forget all the other people that are constantly crossing your path that sincerely wanting to help you. In fact, it is entirely possible that these people have been put in your path in order to help you.
Anywhere we go we have to take other people into consideration. When we create the world we want to live in, we are creating a world that exists side by side with the other billions of people in the world.
So instead of thinking about where you are going, think instead about how you want the whole world to be and how you fit in the entire world. Build on your talents. Build on your love’s. Build on your belief that what you truly want to do is really what you are able to do. Build on everything that you do well. Most importantly, think of how your path intersects and is interconnected with everybody else’s path. When you go out to create your life, you’re working on influencing and helping everyone else’s life because you are in it.