Walking the Beaten Path: 3 Steps to Make Your Own Way
by Rochelle Griffin
Is a picture worth a thousand words? Well this one is worth almost 700. Take a close look at the above picture. This is a picture my husband snapped this week while outside of our local grocery store. I find it absolutely fascinating and mind-provoking. At first glance, it’s simply a picture of a median in the parking lot with stepping-stones. On closer look, however, do you see how one side has a beaten path while the other side is covered in beautiful green grass?
For whatever reason, people walk on either side of the stepping-stones, then move onto the worn-down path. Isn’t that interesting?!?!?
I immediately was able to relate this to our lives…how people will walk down the same path as everyone else, even if it’s full of mud and puddles. People would rather get dirty than to follow what looks to be an uncertain path that hasn’t been created yet.
I’m here to say that walking the same path as everyone else isn’t always the best way, and I’ve personally never been a “follow the leader” kind of girl.
Think about it. Do you follow the same path as everyone else? In business? In your life?
And if your answer is yes, is it yes because it’s truly the right thing for you or is because of fear to do something different…of being different?
I mean if everyone is walking down the beaten path and you step over to the other side, won’t people potentially whisper about you, question your sanity, and ostracize you? The answer is yes, Yes, and YES. I know because I’ve lived it.
So let’s say that yes, you’ve been following the leader down the same dirty path as everyone else…and no, it’s not working for you. You are tired of coming home covered in mud. HOW do you do something different?
I am going to give you three tips and steps that I took, but I must warn you, walking in a place where there isn’t a path yet will be challenging. I can also tell you that forging your own way can be exhilarating and lead to more freedom than you’ve ever imagined.
Pray. Remember I’m only telling you what I did. I needed to get my priorities straight in my life. What was important? What was working? What wasn’t working? I needed to get real and then bring it before my God.
Find the right mentor/coach. Once I knew the direction that I wanted to move in, I needed help getting there. The path before me was grassy. I could see where I wanted to go but wasn’t sure where the pitfalls were. Finding a mentor who had walked a similar path was a breath of fresh air and gave me the confidence I needed to take the steps.
Put blinders on your eyes & fingers in your ears. Figuratively of course, but I promise, the moment that you step off of the path and into the grass, you’ll have plenty of naysayers talking about how you shouldn’t be doing what you’re doing. They may say it to your face or behind your back. This is where you’ll need to stay focused on where you are going. Referring back to my first 2 tips will also help you get through it.
As you begin to make your own way, don’t be surprised when something interesting starts to happen. People will watch…even the naysayers. People will see the freedom that you’ve created by doing what was right for your life.
Then slowly…tentatively at first, people will begin to step off of the muddy path that they’ve been on and give your path a try.
And when this happens, rejoice. Be careful that you don’t become smug. Help them instead find their way to a life of freedom as well…a life that they can build on their own terms, not someone else’s.
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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