Navigators understand that the line between the originating port and the destination is straight only on the navigational charts. The process of moving from point A to point B is really a series of minor course corrections. As the vessel encounters wind and waves, its orientation can be skewed. The navigator has the job of correcting the ship and keeping it on its intended course.
Doesn’t that describe life? We see the goal or the destination but life skews our orientation and knocks us off track. It’s easy to lose sight of the destination all together. That’s when life becomes chaotic and confusing. With the destination out of sight, we focus on the path. When we find it, however, we often are facing the wrong direction. What we perceive as progress is really retreat. Meanwhile, the days and years tick by.
The key to making course corrections is knowing the destination, not the path. The path to your future probably won’t look anything like you expect. Life will happen. Kids will get sick. Jobs will evaporate. Relationships will demand attention. Those events require course corrections.
Keep your eyes fixed on your why and live so that you are making a difference today and in the years to come. When we focus on the path, we quickly become disoriented. Think about it.
What course corrections have you made? How do you keep your eyes on the goal?