Sidetracked

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It happens with the best of intentions we set our goals, make our lists and follow our plans.  Then something happens, well, just about anything really that detracts you from where you were headed.  No matter what you were planning on doing, life gets in the way and you become sidetracked.  It’s not like the world is working against you or that there is some devious plan afoot to keep you from your goals.  Everyone gets sidetracked by the trappings of life whether you are directly or indirectly involved in the drama.

Having your life turned upside down by something sight unseen is enough to unnerve the most stoic among you.  Loosing yourself in what is happening around you is hard enough but trying to take care of yourself and making sure you stick to your game plan takes great effort.  Life has a way of throwing just about anything at you.  The expression, “God only gives you what you can handle” may have merit but when you are trying to juggle everything including your career you might feel like screaming, “My hands are already full!”

It’s easy to put off your plans for a myriad of reasons like being there for a friend in need, dealing with health or personal issues, or handing a financial crises at home, you name it there is always something that will get in the way.  Everything seems to take a front seat but you and your career goals.  It all seems more important than focusing on your plans, taking steps towards your goals and make sure you stay on your path and follow through with what is important to you.

You might feel selfish but that is exactly what you need to be feeling.  Knowing that it’s important to take care of yourself in times of crises no matter what else is going on in your life is key to making sure you stick to your career plans and not to waiver.  Making time for yourself and knowing that it’s okay to put yourself first even if all else seems more important is critical in making sure you stay on your path.

You can’t prevent the twist and turns of life from coming at you but you can control how you react to them.  It’s okay to be there for others and to make sure you prioritize your life around conflict, but don’t put off your important career goals whether that’s looking for a new job, finding new clients, or accelerating in your career.  Making you and your career a priority in the mayhem of life takes courage, conviction and perseverance.  Next time crises strikes make sure you take time for yourself and know that you are not disappointing anyone if you do not make your career and your life the number one priority.  It’s okay to be the supportive wonderful person that you are, but make sure that you treat yourself as well as you treat others.

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