You're Not Lost - You Just Need Directions

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One day, a traveler in a remote country town, convinced that he was on the wrong road, came to a halt in a village. Calling one of the villagers to the car window, he said: "Friend, I need help. I'm lost."

The villager looked at him for a moment. "Do you know where you are?" he asked. "Yes," said the traveler. "I saw the name of your town as I entered."

The man nodded his head, "Do you know where you want to be?"

"Yes," the traveler replied, and named his destination. The villager looked away for a moment. "You're not lost," he said, "you just need directions."

Many of us are in the same position as that traveler. We know where we are -- sometimes disappointed, dissatisfied and experiencing little peace of mind. And we know where we want to be -- at peace, fulfilled and living life abundantly. Like the traveler, we are not lost -- we just need directions.


It doesn't take much to find the high road to success, but to reach it you need an agenda for the present. You need directions for today. You need a purpose. Listen to the advice the president of Lincoln University gave to a group of incoming freshmen: "Our life can't go according to plan if you have no plan!"

Author Dennis Kimbro of The Executive Speechwriter Newsletter Research tells this story and clearly shows that people with a game plan for life are happier, healthier and more prosperous, and get along better with the folks at home. Reason: People who know where they are going and have a game plan to get there don't sweat the "small stuff." Take that approach, and I'll see you at the top!


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