4 Ways to Carve Your Own Path

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Lessons from the Camino de Santiago, Part 3

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Thanks for continuing on this journey with me. The previous two articles shared eight lessons that the Camino de Santiago taught me about living more fully in my personal and professional life. This is the third part of a four-part series that highlight 17 lessons on how to help guide us during those times when we may be a bit overwhelmed or anxious about which path to take in our professional (and personal) lives.

As a refresher, the Camino de Santiago (aka “The Way of St. James”). The Camino is one of the oldest pilgrimages in the world. Over 1,000 years old, it includes a number of routes that all lead to Santiago de Compostela in honor of St. James. Some people go for religious reasons, other for spiritual, others for personal. My month walking 800 kilometers from St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in southern France to Santiago in western Spain walking an average of 25 km a day on the Camino Frances route certainly put into perspective many lessons and reminders to take with me in my everyday life.

These lessons emphasize the need to truly find our own Way – and to honor the reality that we all have different paths to take, not to be afraid to carve our own, and not to worry about following everyone else. Here are four additional ways to help us find our own Ways:

9. Lesson #9: Find encouragement
Build a support system: find people who will encourage you.

Ask for help: it’s not a sign of weakness by asking for support.

Find methods and ways to keep yourself on task: what gets you going and refuels you? Make sure to have those handy for getting over the “humps.”

10. Lesson #10: Honor your limitations
Push yourself, but don’t hurt yourself: you’re not any good to anyone, including yourself, if you get hurt. At the same time, don’t shy away from feeling uncomfortable.

Stop if it’s painful: Sometimes, it’s just not the right time. Regroup, retrain, and retry. Retry. Assess the situation to find out why it is difficult – is it the approach? Insufficient tools?

Don’t be stubborn: it can get you nowhere fast.

11. Lesson #11: Find your own pace
Find your own speed: a good speed is your speed.

Don’t make it into an unnecessary competition: your career and life are not races
Rest: if you need to rest, rest.

12. Lesson #12: Have fun
Love what you do, and do what you love: easier said than done, but once you find it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t before.

Enjoy what you do more often than not: it isn’t all roses and sunshine, but it should be more sunshine than not.

Relax: embrace the anxiety and let it pass.

This was first published on www.Hummingbirdrcc.com.

 

Dr. Belinda Chiu is a social change strategist, coach, and facilitator. Like you, she believes that everyone has the transformational ability to reach their potential and beyond. Dr. Chiu incorporates a practice of mindfulness to help individuals harness their natural strengths, achieve results, and carve their own paths towards professional fulfillment. She writes regularly on her website, Hummingbird research coaching consulting.

 

 

 

 

 

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