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None of us can coast to a mountain top. We must work, struggle, and climb. The same
is true for having a great life. We won't get there by accident or without effort.
If we make good choices along life's path, we are likely to have a successful journey.
Download the Personal Journey Map
The Personal Journey Articles
Enjoy today. [Guide]In the hike of life, we can focus on the obstacles along the trail or the beauty that
surrounds us. Those who find the beauty in daily life travel well. What beauty have
you experienced today?
Find the gems in your past. [Guide]Anyone who wants to find a gem must be willing to search for it. Likewise, we find
treasures in our life stories when we are willing to dig through challenges and disappointments
to find them. Those who find and cherish the gems in their past are those who live
the best lives. What are some of the gems you have found along life's path?
Look forward to tomorrow. [Guide]People who are excited and hopeful about the future are likely to have better journeys.
Hikers who look for and expect to find good things usually do find good things. Who
knows what great things will happen tomorrow! When anxiety and fear tempt you, how
will you stay hopeful about life's possibilities?
Use your strengths. [Guide]Each person has strengths and weaknesses. The greatest joy and progress come from
using our strengths while managing our weaknesses. We discover our strengths by noticing
why we love to do-those things that challenge us and get us so engaged that we lose
track of time. What are your greatest strengths? How will you use them?
Choose to serve. [Guide]When we focus primarily on ourselves, our view of the world is narrow and limited.
As we turn more energy and attention to helping others, the meaning and satisfaction
of our own lives expand. There are countless places and ways we can serve others.
What will you do to make the world a better place?
Choose to grow. [Guide]Growth is the surest sign of progress in life. Seeking new ideas, experiences, and
projects helps us grow and enjoy our journey. How will you cultivate personal growth?
Don't forget your compass. [Guide]Each of us is equipped with a personal compass - or conscience - to guide us along
life's journey. Conscience is the peaceful voice inside of us that invites us to be
compassionate, kind, and honorable. When we ignore the compass, we get lost. When
we use our compass well, our journey will be richer and more meaningful. How will
you better follow your compass?
You'll be making many choices along your personal journey. You can make your personal
journey more enjoyable and productive by taking time to think about, write about and
act on the above ideas. Pick the ideas that are most meaningful to you and write your
thoughts down. Use the guides to help you along your way. You may choose to write
in your own journal or you may print off the custom Personal Journey Journal Page.
Have a great journey!"
Personal Journey Journal Page
Contact your local county Cooperative Extension Service agent
Authors: H. Wallace Goddard, PhD and James P. Marshall, PhD
Contributors: Steven A. Dennis, Traci Johnston, Sherry Roe, Lindsey Sexton, Katy Randall,
and Jennie Hubbard
Artist: C. Bruce Dupree