Do You Travel With A Map Or A Compass?
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By now you may have heard that success, in anything, is a journey and not a destination.
That it’s more important to focus on who you’ve become in the process of achieving your goals than it is the actual goal itself.
Because after all, to get what we want we have to deserve what we want, and that requires that we become the type of person who is what he or she wants.
When it comes to the journey, many of us think that we’re traveling with a map. Or rather we’re often looking for the map for our journey.
We want the path nicely laid out for us so that we know when to expect every turn and twist.
And now with the continued evolution of the online map, we can know where the stops and starts are and which routes to avoid; all in real-time.
But traveling with a map in our journey of life does not translate so nicely.
Each journey is different.
Yes, there are some things we can learn from those who have come before us, but no matter how much we try to replicate their path, our journey is truly unique to us.
In the voyage of life, a map is only useful to figure out which direction you want to go. From there, you are best served by traveling with a compass to confirm you’re still moving in that direction and not completely off course.
Here’s what I mean by that.
A compass is a simple tool that lets you know if you’re doing in a particular direction based on the magnetic poles of the Earth. It does not, however, have any markings or indications about what to expect as you’re traveling in said direction.
So is life.
Everyone’s map is going to be different because every “map of life” is created as we go. We cannot follow someone else’s route (though I know many of us, myself included, have tried). We can only look back to see the exact route we took, but we cannot look forward to see the exact route we will take.
But we make sure we’re still heading in the right direction. And that’s all that is important.
Remember, it only matters how we got somewhere because of the person that we became in the process of doing so.
So, my dear friends, are in the process of becoming the person who gets what you want?
How do you know?
Are you using someone else’s map?
Or are you using true north (YOUR true north) as your guiding light?
I'd be curious to know.