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Don't Let Your Barometer Direct Your Compass

Ken Donaldson
Aug 24, 2008
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 won't look like anyone else's, so don't bother comparing. Stay focused only on your path. Likewise, others may not understand your life path; but they don't 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 the legacy I hope to leave?

2. What are my core values?

3. What is my life vision?

4. What is the purpose of my life?

So let's talk first about Legacy. How will you leave your mark? How will the world know you've been here one hundred years from now? What impact do you want to have on humankind in your lifetime?

Simply put, your legacy is what you'll leave behind for those who come after you.

No pressure, but from the looks of things now, we could all stand to leave as much of a positive legacy as we possibly can, and as quickly as we can!

Many Native tribes have made their decisions based on what they foresee the affect of decisions on the seventh generation out. How will your life, and the way that you are living it now, affect the seventh generation from now? How would you like for it to impact that far-off seventh generation?

If you're not living the life that you want, what's stopping you?

What do you need to do differently to create the life and legacy you desire? Do what you need to do NOW to live the life you want and you'll create the legacy you desire automatically - it's simple math!

Live your legacy today!

Do all you can right now to make whatever impact you want. See how you can affect the current generation today. Live your legacy as if your life depended on it because it does! And who knows, maybe the life of someone else will also depend on it!

If you can not seem to envision the future or see the big picture and the effect you can have on humankind, then you may have some inner work to finish up first. Don't worry; just do your inner work and be open to the creation of your legacy.
About the Author
Ken Donaldson has been offering counseling, coaching, and educational programs since 1987. His programs are focused on empowering people to have more successful lives, businesses and relationships. Claim your FREE Relationship Success Special Report at Marry YourSelf First!. Ken is the author of Marry YourSelf First! Saying "I DO" to a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose.
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