As we journey through life, we can choose to adopt either a path focus or a people focus.
Journeying with a people focus means walking with our eyes on others’ paths.
The questions that arise from such a journey are all comparative: is she ahead of me? Doesn’t he seem happier? Is she covering ground faster? How can I show them I am awesome?
The questions that arise from a journey with a path focus shuns comparisons.
Here, the questions are: am I going in the right direction? Have I made the right decisions thus far? Am I being the best version of myself?
Author Garth Stein once wrote:
“In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of his vehicle.”
Journeying through life is not much different. We will go where we focus our thoughts and eyes.