Well for me, it's quite literal. I need constant goal posts... doesn't matter if I get the goal in the net or not, but I have to have it in sight and once I feel satisfied that I gave it my best shot – whether I enjoyed the process or not – it's like (√) ... next!
I used to think there was something wrong with me... something unstable... maybe even inauthentic. I've come to realize it's just my flow... none of my paths have been the wrong ones... no matter how opposite they may have seemed to each other (believe me, I'm full of contradictions... I'm an earthy, long-haired hippie during one phase yet wearing 4-inch high heels with spiky "Annie Lennox" hair in another phase)... my only mistake has been not moving forward when I've started to feel that energy shift. I've been known to rationalize, to stick it out WAY past the expiry date until that inevitable 'stuck in the muck' feeling settles in. Because changing your mind just looks flaky and irresponsible, right? BUT, here's the thing, I get my creative energy by changing it up... by exploring and challenging my own perceptions. That's when I'm at my best.
The benefit of following my personal inner compass is that it's helped me stay open and not become (too) judgemental. We all have these preconceived notions of how easy or hard something is (take writing for instance... or, I don't know, running a B&B... or farming... or wielding some special powers in the corporate world... or walking across 3 Canadian provinces with a big Husky/Lab named Samson... or here's a good one – being a mother – yeah, well, all I can say is until you're doing it, you don't know. You just don't).
I've put myself in situations that have kicked my butt (to put it mildly). And I'm really glad for that outcome. I've learned. I've grown. How could I not? I've also put myself in situations where it scared the crap out of me and I've discovered a new hidden talent (um, like cooking... who knew? And yes, it did scare the crap out of me)
Recently, I figured out what has kept me from hopping and skipping from one tug to another without guilt and fear. One of my triggers is hearing the question "but I thought you said you were going to do (insert brilliant idea, or not so brilliant idea)?" I don't fear my own perception of failure (it's not even a word in my vocabulary)... I fear someone else's sense of what failure looks like to them and attaching that judgement onto ME. How crazy is THAT! No really, CRAZY!!
And, while the different phases of my life, the motion, the freedom to switch it up is all very much in line with who I am at soul level, and I would be doing myself a great disservice to ignore it, for some people it's the complete opposite. They're always running away 'from' something rather than towards. For them, perhaps sinking into themselves and staying put to feel their tug makes more sense.
This is never about "do what I do". Ever. It is always about following your OWN tug. Always. How does following your tug look like to you? And how does it make you feel when you honour that tug of yours?