Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Derailed - Getting Back On Track

You know those personal and professional goals that you make with good intentions? You’ve found a balance of all the important aspects of your life and you can almost coast along with your eyes closed? You don’t of course, but you think you can. It’s a great place to be! But what if suddenly, out of nowhere, you get derailed? What if those goals and plans and daily progress get knocked for a loop? Ever had that happen to you?

*raises hand* I have.

In fact, that is part of why I haven’t updated my blog as often. I was enjoying a pretty nice pace and thought I had enough reserves in case life happened. But then…life happened. It only took two days for me to derail, and two weeks to get back on track. But the beauty is that you can always put yourself back on track.

How? Get back in the driver’s seat. You control that wheel. Just because you went left when you were supposed to go right doesn’t mean your entire trip is a bust. You may have to do some work. You may have to work hard. And you may have to fight off self-doubt and insecurities in the process. Remember that the end result is worth it because the end result is your success. You don’t have to throw your hands in the air and stay stuck. Realign yourself. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll be back to making it happen. It’s not easy to right yourself, but it’s possible and you can do it.

Here’s my own personal motto that I made up: When your great intentions go astray – get back on track to find your way.

It may sound hokey, but you matter, and how you treat yourself matters. Nothing goes right all the time. It’s how we learn and grow. It’s how we find out what works and what doesn’t. Sometimes a little shake-up can be positive. It depends on how you react and how you recover.

~Ann Cory


Mysti said...

Well, I just totally needed this today :) Thanks so much for the reminder!


Ann Cory said...

Thanks Mysti :) I wish you a creative and productive day! I appreciate you stopping by :)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Honestly, I'm so tired I don't even know what you said. I think I'm quite derailed, but I should be back on track in a week.

Tanith Davenport said...

Yep, needed this. I have so much to do for the rest of this week it's ridiculous. Great post!

Ann Cory said...

Thanks Tanith :) I hope the rest of your week goes well! Thanks for stopping in!!

Ann Cory said...

*hugs* to Julia :) Hope you get some rest. Basically I'm giving out a kick in the pants because I needed one, lol. I got a little lost there and didn't like it.


Kaye Spencer said...


John Lennon said, "Life is what happens when you're making other plant." He was a wise man. ;) My life has derailed several times and, in retrospect, I've noticed that my life turned down a more positive road each time once I swept up the mess--lol. I spent years building a career as a special education teacher and administrator and in one fell swoop, it ended 5 years ago (long, tedious story that requires tequila to tell-lol). My point is this, had this not happened, I would have continued to put off sending in my first manuscript (to Cobblestone Press) and I truly believe I wouldn't be a published author yet. It was a difficult situation that kicked me in the rear and sent me down the "road not taken".

Kaye (aka A.L Debran)

Kaye Spencer said...


Sorry folks, I chose "Publish" and not "Preview" -- so in my original comment...
John Lennon REALLY said:
Life is what happens when you're making other PLANS. (he wasn't gardening at the time, contrary to what I wrote originally) LOLOLOL

Ann Cory said...

Way to go Kaye :) Little shake-ups indeed are good, especially when we grow from them and do something about them.

Over time it gets easier to recognize when we get off track, and makes it easier to get back on :)

Yay! Thanks for hanging out with me here :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!