Two roads diverged in a wood and I -
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
So goes the last stanza of Robert Frost's now very well-trodden poem. Still, its message is compelling. It is a message that many of us want to heed but fear, societal pressure and a myriad of other forces prevent us from taking a step. The compelling path is usually one that brings us alive, gets us excited and aligns with our values. It's the path of dreams, longing, fulfillment and energy. It's the path that requires us to trust ourselves and be courageous. It can bring joy and it can bring risk. For some of us, it's like air to breathe, we can't imagine following the crowd, risk or no risk. For most of us, it takes fierce courage. The world doesn't necessarily support us living extraordinary lives. It's better to be safe and "the same as" however numbing that can become. If you are someone who wants to take the road less travelled, reconnecting with your values and what makes you feel totally engaged can jumpstart the process. Hey - you might even want to hire a coach!