Finding your due north and setting out on your life’s path can be a daunting task. It’s important to consider how you want that compass to guide you. Understand that if your compass is sturdy and calibrated correctly, no matter what obstacles you encounter, the directions cannot be denied. Your inner compass can guide you through hard times and has the ability to guide you home.
As with anything, things don’t always stay the same and may need to be adjusted and tinkered with from time to time. A well calibrated and cared for compass may only need a slight re-calibration once in a while, just as a well kept piano only needs a slight tuning every so often. But leave it ignored and over time that compass can point way off course and confuse even the most skilled navigator. It’s up to each of us to make sure our due north stays true and strong by whatever means speaks to you.
Our society often attributes success to financial freedom and corporate status. So, for a moment let’s just use those guidelines as a way to map out the importance of developing strong mental focus and strength. One of the most successful entrepreneurs of his generation, Jim Rohn, said that “if you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune.” So, even by the standards of the business world, it is important to have a strong sense of self and develop who you are and what you stand for.
For years we have known the importance of caring for our bodies and making sure we are healthy, but recently it seems the world is waking up to the possibility that it is just as imperative to strengthen our minds and develop our identities. It’s not uncommon or out of the mainstream anymore for people to spend a great deal of time practicing yoga or developing a regular practice of meditation. Quiet your mind and listen to your inner voice to learn how you view the world and where your own due north lies. In the quiet is where you find the answers. In the stillness is where you seek more questions.
“As a solid rock is not shaken by a strong gale, so wise persons remain unaffected by praise or censure.” -Buddha Spend time developing your life compass. Take the time and energy to craft it as if it means everything. It just may steer you right someday.
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