#Trust30 Alternative Paths

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future.

30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.

Alternative Paths by Jonathan Fields

The world buzzes about goals and visions. Focus. Create a vivid picture of exactly where you want to go. Dream big, then don’t let anything or anyone stop you. The problem, as Daniel Gilbert wrote in Stumbling Upon Happiness, is that we’re horrible at forecasting how we’ll really feel 10 or 20 years from now – once we’ve gotten what we dreamed of. Often, we get there only to say, “That’s not what I thought it would be,” and ask, “What now?” Ambition is good. Blind ambition is not. It blocks out not only distraction, but the many opportunities that might take you off course but that may also lead you in a new direction. Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?” They’re always there, but you’ve got to choose to see them.

I agree that we are horrible at forecasting things.

Stumbling into Happiness sounds like a great concept.  Recently, I stumbled into the idea of learning the art of Charcuterie (smoking and curing meats).

I am now proud to say that I have made the best bacon that I (and several others) have ever tasted.

Will I make bacon again (and again).  Absolutely.

Will I practice this art and get better at making bacon (and pancetta and sausage, etc).  Absolutely.

Will this be something that I do 10 or 20 years from now?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Will it be a career.  I’m not planning on it, but I’m open to it.

And on to the next great adventure.

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