Growing Up In The 21st Century; A Short Discussion Of What It Takes To Become An Adult In This ‘New Normal’ World Of Ours

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  • The ‘Am I Going To Do This?’ Way Station: Not surprisingly, there is a ‘way station’ learners need to pass through that shows up before they step out into their transformational journey. This way station shows up that point in time that’s right between “I’m thinking about it” and “I’m doing it.” This is the way station that’s concerned with and characterized by doubt. It’s a time of intrapsychic and interpersonal arguing and debating. A time for hesitating on the brink. Eventually though, for every serious learner, it needs to become a way station that’s concerned with deciding to start.
  • The ‘Where Am I Going?’ Way Station: Just as a person steps out into their learning journey, a second way station appears. This transition point isn’t a precise location or specific point in time. Rather, it’s th point that emerges early in a person’s learning journey where they realize that they need to stop debating and arguing with themselves and take some time to collect their bearings.
  • The ‘What Did I Get Myself Into?’ Way Station: This third way station emerges somewhere close to the middle of every learning journey. It’s the place where Alice and her four companions, in their journey to the Emerald City, entered the poppy fields. It’s the point where the learner's doubts and fears weigh heavy. It’s the point where the journey’s early momentum has been lost, and the learneer needs to find new courage and faith.
  • The ‘Can I Really Do This?’ Way Station: The fourth way station shows up towards the end of every learning journey. It’s the point where the toughest challenges are found. It’s the point in time when the learners that I’ve coached see the decisive last few steps at the end of their journey and realize they need to gather their strength and courage to finally face whatever fundamental misconceptions about themselves and their life they’re still hanging onto.

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I’m a dad, a reader, writer, and thought partner for individuals looking to improve their lives. My passion is learning and meeting this century’s challenges.

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