Do you ever feel like you're going down the "wrong path" in life?
And how does one know if they're on the right path anyway?
When I was in my early 20's, I constantly felt like I was on the wrong path. Little did I know that everyone else felt that way too (would've saved me a lot of anxiety if I did).
Now I believe there's only one path in life, and that's your path.
Is it right? Is it wrong? That's for you to decide.
Because at the end of the day, you know yourself the best.
And you're the one that has to live with the outcome of your choices - so hopefully you're making the right ones.
How To Know If You're On The Right Path
There is no "one size fits all".
Just because something worked for someone else doesn't mean it's going to work for you too.
And it definitely doesn't mean you should try to make it work, especially if you know it's not your cup of tea.
I know how nerve-wracking it can be to feel like you're going down the "wrong path" in life. That someday you'll wake up and realize that the life you're living isn't what you want. That you spent the last 5, 10, or however many years getting to this place and then realizing that it's not what you want and having to start over.
But if we spent all our time and energy agonizing over this, we might also never take any action and that's not good either.
You'll know if you keep going.
I believe that clarity comes through action. And if you take consistent action, you'll get the answers you're looking for.
If you always thought you wanted to climb up the corporate ladder but you're climbing and realize you're on the wrong ladder, you can always get off and get on another ladder.
Is it going to be easy? Probably not, but life isn't easy.
Either way, life isn't going to be easy, but it shouldn't make you miserable.
The best way to figure out if you're on the right path is to keep moving instead of standing still and playing the "what if" game with yourself. The way to knowing is to do.
Ask yourself if it feels in alignment, if it feels fulfilling and meaningful, and if you're learning and growing along the way.
Because even if we're going in the wrong direction, the lessons we learn along the way will help us out a lot once we're in the right direction.
If you don't know what you want, figure out what you don't want.
Remember that there's always more than one way to do things.
The American Dream isn't the only dream out there anymore.
And there's not just one way to live life.
So don't worry if your path doesn't look like everyone else's, because it doesn't have to.
Gary Vee started building Wine Library before that was even a thing. He had an email list way before it was a thing. And now look at where he is.
He didn't follow someone else's path. He made his own.
Just because someone has an opinion on how you should live your life or what path you should go down, doesn't mean you have to listen to them.
Because what worked 30 years ago might not work today.
And even in today's world, what works for someone else might not work for you.
I'm not suggesting you reinvent the wheel, but find a wheel that works and make it yours.
And don't worry about if it's the right wheel or not. Just learn how wheels work first, and then focus on finding the right wheel for you.
Don't ask someone else for their fish. Learn how to fish for yourself and you'll be set for life.
The right path doesn't look the same for everyone.
Learning how to fish looks different for everyone.
The techniques are similar, but the results are different.
You know you're on the right path by deciding for yourself.
When you've created your own path.
I'd love to hear from you.
What do you think? How does someone know if they're on the right path?
Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman.
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