The Right Of Self-Determination
Transformation Magazine|December 2016

When I was a kid, I was really into reading Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Kerry Labendz

I liked them because there were a lot of different stories contained within one book and, more importantly, because I always had the power to go back and change the story if it headed in a direction I didn’t like. This genre of book is a great metaphor for life in that we almost always have the opportunity to restart our stories and go in a different direction. Most of us don’t seem to do that though, do we? We stubbornly stick to the path that we’re on because we’ve already invested a lot of time. We mistakenly believe that if we aren’t fulfilled or content it is because there is something wrong with us instead of examining whether we might just be going down a path that doesn’t serve our needs very well. If you feel like something in your life is off-kilter, it might be time to make a change.

To truly transform your life, you need to find a path that suits you and then commit yourself to following it.

How often have you felt that even though you’ve done everything right, things aren’t how you’d like them to be? That you’ve done everything you’re supposed to do, but somehow your life doesn’t feel like it fits you? A lot of people feel this way. It usually means that you’re not on a path that is right for you. Possibly your path is one that you didn’t choose for yourself. You chose it to make someone else happy, or maybe you thought at one time that it was what you wanted, but your priorities have changed. Whatever the reason, it is never too late for a course correction.

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