When I was in Boy Scouts, we had to do a lot of merit badges.
One of the cool ones was compass reading.
Me and a buddy did it when we were camping in the desert.
For part of the exercise, we had to follow a long set of instructions, each of which involved going a certain distance in a certain direction.
It had been set up before, and if we followed the instructions correctly, we would get to the right point eventually.
After five or six turns, and walking carefully, we eventually found the “prize” and got our badge.
Many things that seem mysterious can be explained by science.
The disappearance of Amelia Earhart may be one of these.
A seasoned flier, (first woman to fly across the pacific) one day she just vanished.
One theory is that if her directional compass was only off by a small percent, that would mean missing a crucial refueling point.
Maybe believe she ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean.
An unfortunate example of what happens if you go off course just a little bit.
Most people, though, don’t really have a course.
Imagine if you got on a plane, and all the pilot did was look out the window and hope he recognized certain mountains to find his way.
This may work if you were flying small planes of familiar territory, but if you were flying across the ocean, it would be very foolish.
Sadly, most people live their lives like this.
Not only do they NOT have direction, but they don’t really have a system in place to measure their progress.
It would be like me and my buddy trying to get our merit badge by walking in random directions for random lengths and hoping we’d get something at the end.
Even during the gold rush, people knew they had to keep going west, toward the rising sun.
What about you?
Do you know which direction your life is going?
Do you have a feedback system in place, to measure your progress, and to tell if you are off course or on course?
Even if you don’t, all you’ve got to do is get started.
As you make forward progress, you’ll learn valuable information that will let you know.
And you’ll also learn what skills you might need to keep going forward a lot faster.
The more skills you pick up along the way, the more directions you’ll find that will help you become successful.