In car racing the “drift” is described as when the driver intentionally oversteer the car, causing loss of traction, while still maintaining control over the car. The difference between the race car drifting and the drift I want to talk about is that with the race car, the driver usually has control over the drift. He directs and control the drift which can be a thing of beauty.
However, drifting through life mindlessy, is anything but a thing of beauty. There is nothing attractive about a person who drifts aimlessly through life. We are living, breathing creatures. We can choose to live intentionally, i.e. control the drift or we can simply consciously or unconsciously decide to just drift.
This applies whether you are a Type A CEO caught up in running your company 24/7, while ignoring your family and your health. Or a single mom totally focused on the needs of your kids while ignoring that pain in your chest or head.
The results of drifting through life can have devastating effects and can destroy the very thing we sometimes lose ourselves to.
Does it feel like everyone (your boss, children, significant other, friends) is in control of your life except you? If you feel like you are sleepwalking through life, having little or no say so over the results you get, then you are drifting. According to Paul Pullein, drifting through life could result in a lifetime of regrets.
Unfortunately, the first sign that we are adrift is when something negative happens — we get a bad diagnosis, someone we love passes away suddenly, or we lose our jobs. Sadly, we have to receive bad news sometimes before we make the decision to wake up out of our stuper and stop drifting through life.
Please don’t wait for the proverbial baseball to the head before you start to live mindfully.
Major Ways We Drift:
Work: Are you happy with your work? Or do you spend hours daydreaming of what could be? If you wake up every morning dreading the work you do or the people you do it with. Stop!
Stop wasting your life complaining about what you want and who isn’t giving you what you need. It’s time for you to wake up and take care of You, Inc. It’s time to use your God-given talents to live with intention. Instead of feeling like a rat in a wheel… dreading Mondays and rejoicing over Friday.. only to rinse and repeat each week.
It’s enough to make me dizzy.
Why are you here? Take a minute and ponder that question.
Health: Don’t wait to try to spend your money to get back your health. Start taking care of your health today. Pushing your body in unhealthy ways creates the kind of drift that could land you in the hospital or dead. You have to take care of yourself. You have to make time for exercise and pay attention to what you eat. You have to get enough sleep and prioritize You.
No more making excuses.
I don’t mean to preach and hopefully you understand I mean well. You see, my older sister worked all her life. She retired early wanting to travel the world. A few months after she officially retired, while awaiting her pension, she was rushed to the hospital because she had difficulty breathing. She was dead on arrival a few months after her 60th birthday. She had succumbed to a combination of high blood pressure, diabetes, and clogged arteries.
Being in my fifties, I’m keenly aware that taking care of myself could give me an edge in having a better outcome than my beloved sister. I’m also fully aware, from experience, how easy it is to fall into a pattern, not realizing it until something unfavorable happens.
Fortunately though, where there’s life there’s hope. So as long as you are still alive, you can begin to change the course of your life by living consciously. In the book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Getthe Life Your Want, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy recommend putting together a Life Plan and to put aside a full day to create one.
I know. You are too busy…drifting.
This is never the time for regrets but reflection and recognition of where you are and where you want to be. There are numerous tools available to get ourselves back on track. But we have to be mindful of where we are then take the first step towards where we want to be.
Drift is amazing for clouds but for people, not so much.
Control the Drift. Control Your Destiny.