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Of course not.
But that's exactly what happens when you let distractions - albeit it attractive distractions - move you off your Life Map. You "end up" somewhere instead of where you really want to be. Time and space and conscious choice must be attached to any decisions to detour or stop along your way. Is there time? Can I do this at another time? Will it detract from my goal, or enhance it?
Don't let your temporary, current desires take precedence over what you REALLY want.
Because, you see, an important part of succeeding is deciding what is and what isn't a distraction. For example, as you were headed to your party, you saw a vendor with some fresh flowers and you decide to stop and pick up some for your friend. In that case, a stop along way ADDS to your goal. However, if instead you decide to stop and see a movie and arrive quite late at party, then you have detracted from your goal.
The Life Map functions same way. For example, if you are working on a College Degree, and you decide to stop and work at an entry level position in your field to learn nuts and bolts of industry, then that will ADD to your end result. However, if instead, you decide to take time off to back-pack through Europe, that will detract from your goal of finishing your degree.
Each "opportunity" must be evaluated in light of how it will affect your ultimate goal.will it contribute to it, or will it detract from it?
Therefore, both driving map and Life Map serve same high purpose: To Keep You On Track.
POST your Life Goals so that you can see them every day. Decide that you will put as much thought into your Life Map as you do into planning your Vacation. Grab on to steering wheel of your life. Check your map often, determine your current location, and move confidently toward where you want to go.
Kathy Gates, Professional Life Coach, helps people set priorities and goals, take actions, make changes, and reshape their lives. She is the author numerous articles both online and in print, an Ebook and several Email Coaching Programs available at www.reallifecoach.com, call 480.998.5843