Whether we want to or not, we’re often forced into navigating new paths in life.
Both our choices and life’s circumstances create new roads and few are without unwanted twists. But learning to move forward even when unsure of the path is a valuable skill. This navigational sense is one learned through experience and time.
In a recurring dream, I’m driving at a fast pace and suddenly cannot see what’s ahead. It’s scary and just as I reach that part of the path, I awaken. Much could be interpreted about this dream, but lately, it’s felt like a metaphor.
I move quickly. Just ask anyone trying to follow me through a crowded venue. I walk fast and navigate between people, often losing those following me. Over time (and with complaints from those behind), I’ve learned to slow my pace and increase my awareness. But it’s not my normal routine. It’s still a choice and not a habit.
Learning to Shift Well
Over the last year, the road has shifted a bit here at MemoryMinders. Honestly, I wasn’t always sure where it was going. In order to navigate well I had to slow down, which as mentioned, is not my habit. Both my decisions and life’s circumstances contributed, and a new path formed.
Now, my work involves not only MemoryMinders presentations and group consulting, but also some online courses I’m excited to offer. I shifted onto this new path by using something I’ve studied for years: habits.
Exploring and understanding how habits help our brain and influence actions and memory has been transforming. I’ve shared bits and pieces in presentations, blog posts, to groups, and individuals. I will always be a student of habits because I’ve seen how powerfully they implement change, help us remember, and live with purpose.
But part of my new path includes sharing my knowledge in a new way. So, I’ve boiled down the essential components of habits into a new online course, Creating Habits that Stick. Simply creating an online course required new habits for me! I was forced into navigating new paths unsure of where they would lead. I stepped into what was uncomfortable and learned to shift well with habits.
Using habits helps our brains and allows us to live productive and purposeful lives. We can’t always see what lies ahead on life’s road. But we can improve navigating new paths by creating habits that stick!