Do you tend to be a straight-to-the-destination kind of person, or is your life more like a scenic meander? There are benefits to both – and to learning when each kind of road is most likely to get you where you want to go.
Goal orientation (are we there yet?) is really helpful when you know what you’re doing and you have a will to succeed. Straight-road drivers get where they’re going when they know how to drive and have a fast car. But beware: this kind of goal approach doesn’t take well to hiccups, screw-ups and unforeseen roadblocks. Road rage happens.
The scenic route (I don’t care when I get there, the view is so cool) is the most successful approach when your skills are not 100%. You’re open to experiences along the way. Even roadblocks provide opportunities for learning instead of frustration. Meanderers enjoy the ride and eventually arrive – wherever – with an expanded set of life skills. But they get there slower and the destination isn’t always the one they set out to reach.
What road are you on for your dream adventure? Think about which one is going to best get you where you want to go.