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Author Stephen R. Covey is famous for pointing out that an airplane is off course at least 90% of the time.
His point was that if you have a personal mission statement, a clear picture of where you want to go and end up in life, even if you are off course much of the time, you can always return to your vision, get back on track, and eventually arrive at your chosen destination.
I can’t tell you how many times I have felt “close” to the life path I was meant to be on, but somehow a mile away from hitting the bull’s eye.
Have you ever felt that way?
As I’ve mentioned before, thinking and reflection time is essential for clarity. And during my 10-day break (concluding Thursday), I loosed projects and ideas, as well as any sense of rigidity or notions around where they should be headed.
On Thursday, much to my surprise, I started to see a picture form – a picture I hadn’t seen before. I could see the pieces as well as the connected whole, something I’ve struggled with a bit this past year, especially as I’ve been publishing daily.
What I began to see was that I wasn’t so far off course that I couldn’t see the destination anymore. I just thought I was.
Fatigue and exhaustion can easily cloud your judgment, making you feel worse about situations that probably aren’t half as bad as they appear. Which is why stopping periodically is essential.
But course correction is always part of the journey. It doesn’t matter who you are, how smart or talented you think you are. You will get off course from time to time. Don’t ever think that you’re too smart or too talented to stay on course 100% of the time. No one does.
If you think you’re too good to lose track of your destination, you will find yourself miles away from where you originally wanted to go.
Know when to make a correction. And if you aren’t sure, stop and ask for directions.
No journey will be as fulfilling as the one you’ve deliberately chosen and are walking out according to your values and character.
With that, here’s what I created for you this week:
David Andrew Wiebe
I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you.
Here are the posts that went live this week:
- Yesterday’s Answers Might Not be Today’s
- The Value of 365-Day Experiments
- Average People Argue Over Stupid Sh*t That Will NEVER Matter
- “I’m Done Trying to be Great”
- Prototyping Content
- Why You Should Create a “Learning” Folder Now
Random Things I Dig
I love Sennheiser.
There’s a personal development program I’ve been through three times, and each time I go through it, I learn more about myself and what matters most to me. I’ve also been able to improve my health, grow my business, and challenge myself intellectually.
The name of the program is The Gold Within.
Any artist looking to get clear on the impact and difference they want to make in the world (their brand) should go through The Gold Within program at least once.
Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.