In my life, I’ve traveled down some unusual roads. Some by choice… others by circumstance… and (sadly) some by force. Ironically, those were the ones that made a difference in my life.

Along the way I learned a few things:

1. Always Wear Your Seatbelt

you never know when you might need it…

Life, like driving, is risky. One minute you’re cruising along… and the next… WHAM! Your tire blows out on a twisty and wet road causing your truck to come to a grinding stop (care of a giant rock retaining wall). For the record, I miss that truck.

The choices we make may sometimes have an impact on our safety. That doesn’t necessarily mean our physical safety. It could be our financial security, our relationships, our career paths. Whatever.

When faced with a tough decision, it’s often easier to decide when there’s some kind of backup plan in place. Since fear is a key factor in decision making – usually not in a good way -, it would seem logical that removing this fear would prove to be helpful.

Take for example… change. Change has a tendency to wake up our imaginations. We become fearful of the unknown. Our minds create all sorts of ‘bad outcomes’ because we’re afraid of things we can’t see. This could lead to making the wrong choice, or no choice at all.

If a contingency plan in place, our imaginations might calm down long enough for us to move forward. It’s amazing what you’ll try once you know you’re strapped in for safety. Don’t believe me? Just look around at any amusement park… and you’ll see what I mean.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Directions

it beats driving around aimlessly wasting fuel…

Asking for help is the key to success. The moment you throw your hands up and utter the words, I can’t do this, is the moment you need to stop and ask for help. If you give up when you’re faced with a challenge… then you’re missing out on so much.

If you’re not a people person, no worries. Google loves to help. It’s like asking the entire world for a solution. Just a word of caution… the wrong search phrase can land you in that scary/weird place on YouTube.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Turn Off The Highway

the scenic route has much to offer…

I’m known for taking chances. When faced with a tough decision, I will often opt to take the road less traveled. Or, as some would say, the one that poses the most risk and/or danger. It’s not that I like to get beat up along the way. That’s not it at all. It’s about beauty and opportunity. Have you ever noticed that some of the most beautiful places are just off the highway?

We’ve all heard the saying, when opportunity knocks you should open the door, right? Well, sometimes opportunity is a little shy. Sometimes… you just have to open the door and look out! Hell… you may even need to scream at the top of your lungs to get some attention. Go ahead! It’s ok.

4. Don’t Forget To Pee Before You Leave

no, really!

It’s true! Try not to make any tough decisions when you’re uncomfortable. It’s not just about bathroom breaks. If you’re tired. Wait! If you’re hungry. Wait! If you just had a fight with your best friend. Wait!

There’s nothing worse than getting in your truck for a long ride, only to realize 15-minutes later that you have to pee. What’s worse is there’s no rest stops for the next 110 miles. You’re trapped! And it feels horrible.

The truth is… your body is your best indicator. Listen to it. Make sure it’s tuned in and turned on before deciding what to do. If you listen, it will lead you to the choice that is right for you!

Good luck on your journey!

By the way… tonight’s choice is chocolate or vanilla!? I like these kinds of problems.