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Follow the Path and Go Straight to your Destination

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

I'm re-reading some of my favorite books from Paulo Coehlo: this time it's his first novel, "The Pilgrim", which is about his road through the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela.

There is an interesting section when his guide gives him a talking-to, and he realizes that he has been wandering the same section of the path for seven days because he has been so focused on his end result (the destination), rather than noticing what is happening around him, including the road, the scenery, the mountain, and the details on the path.

He realizes, in hindsight, that sometimes a local mountain was on his left, and sometimes the mountain was on his right, but again -- he was so focused on the end result of his journey that he didn't really pay attention to the road. He was walking in circles, without focusing on what was happening around hime.

How does this sound to you? Does it apply to your situation?

On my road, I have planned for a long time for certain things in my life. My current challenge is in focusing on the short-term as well as the long-term objectives.


  • We all "learn from the road in front of us".
  • We make mistakes, learn from them, and continue moving forward, knowing that we can prevent that mistake another time.
  • We keep guideposts in our mind and heart always -- we have an opportunity use our predetermined guideposts as our orientation device during our journey.



What are you focused on? Where is your path leading to? A good way to assess your current journey is to understand that the section of the path you are on today is a result of choices and decisions you made years, months, and days ago. If you want to change your destination far into the future, start changing your direction: follow your new path today.

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