What does \u2018time waits for no one\u2019 mean to you? Until recently, it was just another wise saying my mother shared. While I felt the need to move forward, I did not realize the importance of keeping my actions purposeful and directed, and I slowly drifted off course. By not taking full ownership and accountability, I allowed relationships to lapse while I concentrated on my career. In the process I lost my sense-of-self and drifted from my passion. Now, I am beginning again\u2026focused on creating a brighter future, sharing my journey and the knowledge I gained along the way.\nBecome the change you want to make\nThe road less traveled is filled with unexpected curves and hurdles, but the path forward is always just one step ahead.\u00a0 Don\u2019t give up.\u00a0 If you go off course, readjust and continue forward. \u00a0Set approach goals.\u00a0 Approach goals motivate you to achieve positive outcomes, rather than to avoid risk. Reframing your view increases your chance of success and reduces stress.\nWomen and men are different\nWomen strive for perfection more often than men. They idealize the \u2018perfect-normal life\u2019 (which does not exist). But like any insecurity, conquering these views requires re-wiring your view of the world. It\u2019s normal to be nervous (especially if you are the only women in the room) but interpreting the jitters as excitement can propel you forward. \u00a0Change the narrative to change your perspective.\nThis internal dialogue is often the thing holding women back. The associated self-doubt is limiting. To avoid rejection, women do not apply for jobs unless they are 100% qualified as compared to men who apply with only 60% of the qualifications. \u00a0Hillary Clinton offered advice: \u201cToo many young women are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously.\u201d Learn to trust yourself, to laugh at your yourself and to gracefully recover from mistakes.\nView mistakes as learning opportunities, some of the greatest discoveries were accidental, for example the maker of Coca-Cola was intending to create a pain killer, and penicillin was found when a petri dish was left out. The key is to keep an open mind, discover their potential and move forward. \u00a0And never blame yourself, mistakes will happen, learn from them.\nGet on your feet\nIt\u2019s time to make things happen. While this does not mean throwing caution to the wind and acting impetuously, it does require taking risks and following your passion. Women take calculated risks, and operate better under pressure than men. Apply this to charting your road forward.\u00a0 Weigh the options and act. The hesitation to act can hold some women back.\u00a0 To overcome your inhibitions, once you make up your mind, don\u2019t delay, count backwards from three and act.\nAre you in the right place? This requires sole searching, reconnecting with yourself and freeing yourself to act.\u00a0 A recent survey found that 59% of working adults and 73% of professionals in their thirties were unhappy with their careers. When my work and my passion were aligned, I was energized. I felt a sense of purpose and value.\nIs it time?\nThere is no right time to act. Every chapter presents a different set of challenges. If you know what you want, (you are ahead of the game) establish a plan of action.\u00a0 Deciding not to make a plan is a choice that lets destiny and circumstance take control. I navigated my early career without a guiding star and it left me unfulfilled. It\u2019s like taking a trip without a destination.\u00a0 You will arrive somewhere, but this may not be the optimal path. Learn from me and have a plan! Making a plan allows you to make informed decisions, weigh options and measure progress. Track your progress, make mid-course adjustments and ask for guidance along the way.\nIf not now, then when?\nI waited too long to make a change. Was it easier to do nothing? Probably. But there was a price to pay too. I sacrificed my happiness due to inaction. Why wonder what could have been when you can begin to live your dreams today? Life is precious, and you have only one opportunity (there is no re-do button) and you never know what the future holds, or what is hiding around the corner until you get there.\u00a0 It\u2019s time to make things happen!