Last week I was driving one of our volunteers to the airport. His time here on the farm was done and he was flying down to Durham, NC to see some friends before returning home for Thanksgiving. Instead of flying out of Logan Airport in Boston, MA, as is typical for volunteers who didn't drive here, he chose to fly out of T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. Despite having grown up in Massachusetts, I have never actually been to Rhode Island before. The company vehicles aren't equipped with a GPS nor with maps, so we opted to print out directions to and from the airport on Google Maps.

If you've ever used Google Maps before, you know that there can be some slight errors that result in not ending up at the correct final destination. Our drive to the airport was pretty straightforward, thanks to signs on major roads indicating where the airport was. Unfortunately, on the drive home, there were no such signs saying "Heifer International Learning Center at Overlook Farm, Exit 2." I got to a point in Worcester where the roads looked familiar and started driving off of what I could recall from earlier trips home from the city. Well, long story short I ended up a couple towns over with no idea how to get home.
I realized that this experience is a lot like what we do in life: We set out to accomplish something (like getting home or losing weight) without a map or a set of directions, or thinking that we can figure it out for ourselves. This is what causes us to get lost and lose time in getting to our destination. When we're working from nothing to something, we've got to have a way to get there.

When I get lost, I get frustrated first and then I get scared. I want to make it home. I want to eat dinner. I want to feel safe and secure within my own house. Maybe you feel the same. All I wanted last week was someone to give me directions. I wanted someone to take my hand and guide me home. I wanted a freaking GPS that spoke to me in that aggravatingly electronic voice to "stay left, then take the next exit." I wanted someone who knew the answer, someone who could tell me exactly what to do to get home quickly and safely. It's the same way when I have goals I want to reach. I want to get there quickly and easily. I want to follow the path of least resistance.

I know I'm like most people in that I set out to achieve a goal in the fastest, easiest way possible. We're wired to work that way. So it would make sense to seek out someone who's "been there, done that" to give you guidance. When you find someone who's gone through what you're trying to accomplish, they can give you the keys to getting it done. They know what works and what doesn't work. They can save you time, money, effort, struggle, pain, you name it. Having someone you can trust, someone who can give you answers, and someone who can support you through it all is of major importance in getting from Point A to Point B, where you are now to where you want to be.

My struggle was recovering from anorexia and ending my relationship with emotional eating. I'm motivated to be in the business I'm in because I don't want other women to suffer from negative self-talk, low self-esteem, and chronic dieting. I want women to heal their relationship with food and learn to love their bodies. Jillian Michaels, world-famous personal trainer, struggled with being overweight as a teen and turned her life around. Now she's got a body that's the envy of millions of women, she was a star trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser, and she's helping other people end their struggle with being overweight. We're both on different playing fields, but we're both motivated by our past and wanting other people to get the results that we've gotten in record time. It's all about creating the map and the directions so that other people won't get lost and won't struggle for as long as we did.

Here's your assignment for this week:
Pick a goal for yourself that you currently don't have support and "directions" for. Research how you can get that support, find a person who can provide you with those directions, and go for it. A goal is something you create for yourself and you have to put your whole heart and soul into it. You have to invest in yourself and in creating a better life, a better future, for yourself.

Author's Bio: 

Shannon Lagasse, The Young and Fresh Health Coach, teaches women who are struggling to lose weight how to drop the pounds easily and enjoyably by empowering them to find freedom from restrictive dieting, deprivation, rigorous exercise regimes, and beliefs about food that are holding them back from having their ideal body. To schedule your F.R.E.E. Breakthrough to BodyLove Session and to receive her inspirational weekly health & wellness articles on natural ways to get the body and life you want, visit