Compass > Map
Do you struggle to get where and what you want in life, love, or career?
You need more clarity about where and what you really are.
Think about it. If you enter a particular destination into Google Maps but don’t include a specific starting point, it can’t chart your best route (or any of the alternatives, for that matter)
But how do you clarify where you’re starting from so you can get where and what you want?
You need to be clearer about who you really are.
And if you don’t have enough clarity about who you are and where you are, you can’t know where you are and what you want.
Here’s what I’ve found.
Goals worth pursuing emerge from your purpose (AKA your “reason for being”).
Purpose emerges from who you are, what you do, where you do it, and how you do it in the way only you can.
Start with who. Start with you.
Who are you really?
And while we’re on the subject of maps. How useful are they?
In an age that rewards false certainty and over-confidence, looking for a map is tempting—the shortest, fastest, and easiest way to get where and what you want.
The problem with maps is they can only take you where others have already been or, worse, where others want you to go.
Our social, educational, and occupational systems encourage conformity by providing maps that promote competition and compliance.
Maps provide a feeling of safety by demanding you follow the herd. But isn’t that also just a form of hiding?
How can you discover, develop, and deliver the difference only you can if you merely continue to go along to get along?
You can’t win a game if you're playing someone else’s. You definitely can’t win a game you don’t want to play.
Maps can’t reveal the best course for you. Only a compass can do that.
Maps require obedience. Compasses cultivate empowerment.
Employing a compass requires curiosity, courage, and willingness to learn. It allows for course correction and tacking. The compass invites adventure and fellow travelers.
Are you trying to find your way or follow someone else’s? Play your game, or play along? Do you need a map or a compass?
When you decide to play your game on your terms without compromise, you draw your own map, and a compass helps you play your game all in and full out.
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