How Do You Know You Are On The Right Path?


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I often am asked by those pursuing some dream – how do I know if I am on the right path and not just wasting my time and money?

You know you’re on the right path in life when:

  • You Feel Uncomfortable – Pursuing any dream takes you outside your comfort zone. It makes you feel uncomfortable. When you perpetually feel uncomfortable, you are on the right path.
  • You Feel Awkward – Pursuing a dream forces you to learn. Learning something new feels awkward at first. When you feel awkward, you are on the right path.
  • You Experience Ah Ha Moments – When you pursue a dream you will struggle in the beginning. It is the struggles that force you to dig deep for solutions. These solutions often reveal themselves in the form of Ah Ha moments, the inspired genius inside each one of us that comes to our rescue. Solutions only happen when you struggle with problems. When you start to experience Ah Ha moments, you know you are on the right track. Those solutions lead to fool-proof processes. Fool-proof processes automate success.
  • You Feel Frustrated – Frustration accompanies action. When things do not go your way, you get frustrated. It’s normal to experience frustration, especially in the beginning.
  • You Get Angry –  You will experience many emotions. Anger is one of them. You will get angry for not knowing something or for making a mistake. It’s all part of the process.
  • You Get Happy – When things go right, it’s exhilarating. Success will make you feel happy.
  • You Feel The Flow – When you are in the flow, time seems to stand still. You can work for hours without stopping. When you begin to experience flow, you know you are on the right path.
  • You Become Obsessed – When you find yourself thinking about your dream 24/7, you are on the right path. Obsession is a prerequisite for success. It fills you with persistence. And luck finds the persistent. When you become obsessed, you are most definitely on the right path.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Wow, that’s eye-opening, because while I am experiencing that “uncomfortableness” I am trying to figure out how to get back in my comfort zone. But, after completing the “uncomfortable” task, it is rewarding and satisfying.

    • In the beginning, the pursuit of a dream pushes you outside your comfort zone. That discomfort feeling is learning. Eventually learning morphs into knowledge or skills and the discomfort fades away.

  2. Another great piece, Tom. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jurrell Smith says:

    Wow! I guess I’m on the right path because I feel frustrated many days. I think my frustration comes from not really knowing what I want to do in life and hating my job. Thanks for sharing Tom!

  4. I may be heading in the right direction then. I have at least half of these at any given time. Thanks for sharing Tom!

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