Huh ?? !! Let me explain … A barometer is used to measure atmospheric pressure. This pressure change helps weather forecasters to predict what weather conditions might be forthcoming. Barometric conditions are always changing; therefore barometric measurement is always fluctuating. A compass, on the other hand, is used to determine direction. Since our North Pole has a natural magnetic pull to it, the needle of a compass will always point in that direction. True North is constant, and therefore, a compass reading is consistent, fixed, and yes, literally, always True.
The key is to NOT allow your compass to be overshadowed or thrown off by your barometer.
You may wonder where I'm going with this, but stay with me. It'll all make sense in the end!
It's important to know the True North of your life. This True North, a term I believe the 7 Habits guru Stephen Covey originally coined, refers to your personal life path: Your values, your purpose, your life vision and your legacy. Your True North is unique and only yours. It will not look like anyone else's, so do not bother comparing. Stay focused only on your path. Likewise, others may not understand your life path; but they do not have to as it's yours, and only yours, and it needs no explanation.
To determine your True North, there are four primary questions you need to ask yourself and find the answers to:
1. What is my life vision?
2. What are my core values?
3. What is the legacy I hope to leave?
4. What is the purpose of my life?
Watch for future article where we cover these questions in depth …