One of my favourite poems of all time is Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”  You may have read it and love it as much as I do.  If you haven’t then I’d recommend doing so.

When I first read this poem I was completing senior studies. Not as a seventeen year old but as a mother of two young children returning to study without any real definite plans for future education other than to pass high school English.

I felt the words spoke directly to me.

‘Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could.’

I remember reading this quote by author of ‘An Improvised Life’ Alan Arkin many years ago and had a profound effect on how I lived my life since. “Either you’re growing or you’re decaying; there’s no middle ground. If you’re standing still, you’re decaying.”

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Alan Arkin is an actor and with dozens of extraordinary movies and award nominations under his belt including, Catch 22, Little Miss Sunshine and Argo, just to name a few.  That he is an actor is quite irrelevant other than I appreciate trivial knowledge, the relevant part is just how much this quote has stuck with me over the years.  The concept of decaying if you don’t continue to grow has certainly played a strong part in motivating me to step out of my comfort zone to experience new things and to set goals to meet new challenges.

I’ve watched quite a lot of friends hit 40 or 50 years of age and immediately begin looking forward to retirement.  Where they can sit around, finally smell the roses and take time to relax.  But there is only so much golf one can play.  I’ve noticed it isn’t long the decline begins to set in.  They complain about aches and pains more than most and comment on their foggy brains.  Oh, I’m not judging of the their lifestyle at all because I know that most retirees enjoy their relaxed way of life without deadlines and I’m sure I’m going to delight in doing the same once I reach 90, but I’ve observed many begin to decay because they have stopped growing.   Read More in my Book Good Girls Do Sell

I could either take the easy road or challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and taking the road less travelled.  Accepting that growth comes from challenging, getting uncomfortable is now a way of life for me.  The results have been amazing. I’m able to pursue my passions and live a life that is full of adventure and joy.

Give it a go if you don’t already.  Try stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something that is going to make you uncomfortable.  If you are feeling uncomfortable and out of your depth…great!  You are growing.

Remember…

  1. Think YES rather than an automatic No
  2. Look for new opportunities that are scary
  3. Take action

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat,
determination and hard work.” …. 
Colin Powell

 

Best wishes till next time.

Janeen
Author of Good Girls do Sell – The Modern Business Woman’s Guide to Authentic Selling”

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