It could be argued that there are two basic options for navigating our way through life. The first could be drawn as a long road with a slight incline that may alter in its steepness at certain times before resettling to its original trajectory. The second would be more varied in direction with regular alterations of incline or decline and sometimes at much steeper angles.

Many people would prefer to spend the majority of their time on the first path, due to its consistency and gentle gradient towards the finishing line. However this preference, if the only one ever experienced, may not serve us well when external factors send us down the second path, as we have little to no experience of how to deal with this scenario in an effective way.

The first path can also be so comfortable that if we ever find ourselves, by design or circumstance, on the second path then we do our best to return to the easier option as soon as possible, and some may take actions that are in direct competition with another plan they have for themselves.

This conflicting behaviour boils down to how well we are able to deal with changes of any kind in our lives. As described earlier, if someone has only known life on the first path then it’s more likely they will fight against being pulled into path number two, which will still reach the same destination but in a more convoluted way.

If someone has had some amount of experience on the second path, then they will be more confident that they will arrive at the end point eventually, and make the best of the journey, however long or difficult it might be.

As with everything in life, the two paths are not an absolute example of the only options. We all fall somewhere between the two, but like many things I write about, personal development is all about having the self awareness to know where we fit into the world and what our options are for moving forwards to achieve our goals.

So whether you’ve found yourself in a situation of change or chosen to make a change yourself, spend a bit of time to become aware of the ultimate end point, as this may help you to deal more effectively with the complexities and challenges you might be faced with in order to remain committed to that change.

For direct help in dealing with a chosen or unchosen change, have a look at my Make A Change options to see if they may work for you.