Yes, I know, that sounds like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised at the number of people who don't seem to have a clue. One of my aunts spent the better part of a very hot summer afternoon in a bus terminal because she didn't specify when buying her ticket that she wanted to go to Kansas City, KANSAS, not Kansas City, MISSOURI from Tampa, Florida. Need more proof, chat with 17-21 year olds.
2. SECOND, determine why you're going from here to there.
When I wanted to go back to college, I drew a 25 mile radius around the small town where we lived to determine where I would go. Driving to unknown parts is still just as scary to me today as it was then. The impetus for getting out of my comfort zone was the even stronger desire to get my degree, and become a teacher. If the motivation is strong enough, I'll go nearly anywhere, any time.
3. And FINALLY, decide the best way for you to get from here to there.
This week I have to drive downtown for a required meeting. With Tom at the wheel, and Google Maps online we tried to navigate to the Center by the route advised by my principal. Tom rarely gets lost or disoriented, so when he got turned around, I knew I was in trouble. Thankfully, my amazing husband is going to take a day off work to drive me. For us, that's the best way.
We love to travel, but we've learned the most direct route doesn't always provide satisfying answers for the three steps. What works for me is to listen to my heart, my head and my Lord when I'm going from here to there.
How do you decide how to get from here to there? Is it the same for most of your journeys? What would you share with someone who wants to know how to get from here to there?
I'm linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.