Picture a compass. In fact, ask Google to show you an image of a compass. Notice how many directional points there are on the outer circle? The needle or arrow of the compass will point to the outer tick mark or directional point you wish as you move the compass around in your hand. The needle or arrow hands of the compass are held in place in the center.
The solid non-moving parts are this center pin and the outer directional points or tick marks. However without the floating needle or arrow which move around, solidly pinned in the center, the compass is virtually useless.
Let’s use these facts and make a comparison.
If the compass points on the outer circle represent all of the areas of your life. If the compass arrows are the actual direction you take toward each of these areas of your life. If you are the center pin – right there in the center of the compass… What happens if the center pin you move around and you are not staying right there in the center of your life? Think about the compass. The center pin must stay solidly in the center or the compass is rendered virtually useless.
If you consider this for a few moments it is the reason each of us must review ourselves. It is why we must be clear on our own vision, our own values, our own confidence and ultimately our strong belief in ourselves.
Rock solid and right in the center of our own lives.
“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.” – Joel Osteen
This is not easy to do. It seems much easier to lay blame. It seems much easier to make excuses. It seems much easier to be jealous. Start with the person in the mirror.
Take the time to be on solid ground with yourself.
This effort is much more effective when done with a professional coach working alongside of you on a regular basis.
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The effort will pay off tremendously. This investment toward your personal growth will be noticeable to your family, friends, co-workers and customers. Remember there is no magic pill, no magic spell, no magic words which will automatically adjust anything.
Everything starts with self. Once this effort begins, only then are you ready to break out that compass.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive coach, trainer and speaker based in Stamford, CT.