09/16/2016 08:10 EDT | Updated 09/16/2016 08:13 EDT

Treat Your Life Like A Road Trip

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We've all heard the phrase 'life is a journey'. What if we took it one step further and looked at life as the ultimate road trip with your Life Map helping you navigate the way. After studying my own life I can clearly see how all the different experiences, events and people have shaped me and have led me to where I am today.

I realize we each have our own Individual Life Map and unique story to share. It's rare we take time to look back on our lives and understand the lessons we've learned along the way and how we can apply them to our lives as we move forward. Your Life Map helps you develop a deeper understanding of who you are, clears any road blocks getting in your way and allows you to set and achieve goals you feel good about.

The Life Map Guide is the driving force in understanding all the pieces in your life. Check out 5 of the surefire Life Map Guide definitions to help you understand the significant moments and lessons in your life, and how they play a huge role in moving you towards a life of happiness and fulfillment.

The passengers

I truly believe certain people come into our lives for a reason. Whether it's to teach us a lesson, send us in a new direction or to hold our hand through certain bumps in the road. You can gain a whole new perspective if you're able to recognize the roles people play in your life.

The passengers are people who support you and are by your side through thick and thin. They give you a shoulder to cry on, they listen and empathize when things are tough. They celebrate your successes with you and believe in you every step of the way. Having a good understanding of who these people are gives you a sense of safety and security in knowing you aren't alone in whatever you may be going through.

The backseat drivers

The backseat drivers are people you have allowed to control you in some way. Think about when you're driving and you have someone in the backseat telling you how to drive or which way to go. It's no different when you have someone in your life telling you what to do. Recognizing who the backseat drivers are will help you set boundaries and remain authentic. Also, think back and pinpoint who the backseat drivers have been throughout your entire life. It will make it easier to see patterns in yourself and why you allowed them, or continue to allow them to play that role.

Refill your tank

We've all had times when we've felt low. Maybe it has to do with a relationship, a job or just an overall feeling of not being fulfilled. When you're in that place it can be really challenging to pull yourself out of it. What really helps is being aware of what it takes to refill your tank. Think about what brings you joy and take action to implement more of that into your life. Also, reflect back on other times when you felt low. How did you bounce back? It's vital we continuously tap into those things that fill us up. Without them you end up living a life with no balance that will lead to unhappiness and a feeling of having no purpose.

Your GPS

You know that feeling when something feels extremely right or extremely wrong? That's your GPS kicking in to give you clues as to what to do. Your intuition is powerful and it's there to help guide you in the right direction. Think about times in your life when you paid attention to it or didn't. How has it helped guide you throughout your life, and how can you use it now to create a life you love. Sometimes we choose to ignore our GPS because at the time we feel as though the decision might cause us too much pain. The only problem is our GPS never truly shuts off - you're just delaying the process and will likely end up needing to make a U-turn to get you back on track.

Fork in the road

We've all hit a fork in the road at some point in our lives. A fork in the road is when you have a tough decision to make and you're not sure what you should do. To help you breakthrough this roadblock, look back on other big decisions you've made in your life and how you ended up coming to a conclusion. You'll be surprised how you're able to tap into those little nuggets of wisdom without even realizing they exist. It also helps to listen to your GPS as it has the ability to steer you towards a decision that feels best for you.

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