Sometimes we chose a path in life where there is a risk involved. But we still go ahead because all logic and intuition point in that direction. You are anticipating challenges but it seems worth the effort. This could be a taking up a new job, starting a new business, investing in a venture or even getting into a relationship.
But after a while, you start questioning your decision. You start wondering if you are really climbing the right mountain or if you made a mistake. Either the results are not what you had hoped for or the returns are not what you expected.
A decision that felt good at some point starts feeling doubtful in the present.
As an entrepreneur, no one knows this better than me. Doubts are part of the journey. There is often no right path. Course correction is required at many a step.
There are times that you start wondering if you still need to be doing this and it feels so much easier to just walk away.
But when you think of walking away that comes with its own share of doubts.
Will you be making a mistake by quitting? Will you feel like a failure? Does it make more sense to stick with the plan a little longer?
If you are questioning your decision or your choice of path here are 3 easy questions to help you get clarity and know if you are on the right track.
1. What was the purpose you started with?
When we take an inspired decision it is generally because there is a strong purpose driving us. One that feels right and aligned with who we are. Connect back with your purpose and what it meant to you at that time. If the purpose is unclear, ask yourself why you decided to take this decision? If the answer is unclear spend time getting clarity on what you wanted from this decision.
2. Does that purpose still hold true for you today?
Sometimes the experiences along the way make you think otherwise. Sometimes priorities and perceptions change. These can also cause a shift in the purpose you started with. When you evaluate this you may find that you no longer feel connected to your purpose. On the other hand, you may also find that your purpose is even more important to you than when you started. If the purpose you started with does not make sense now it is best to call it quits. On the other hand, if your purpose is still as strong then hold on and answer the next question.
3. Is there a better way for you to achieve your purpose?
There are different ways of achieving the same purpose. You may find that the way you have chosen is not the best way. Maybe there is another way to achieve the same thing that’s faster, more efficient and more practical. If the path you have chosen still seems to be the best one them stay on track and put in more effort. If there is a better way choose that.
The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it. – Kalpana Chawla
No life journey is meant to be perfect. There are always going to be moments when doubts seep in. Instead of letting these doubts overwhelm you and undermine your confidence use them to realign your thoughts. A simple exercise like the above can make you come out stronger in your decision to stick with your path or to change course and find a new mountain to climb.
In either case, you would be right. Because no one other than yourself should create your destiny.