While visiting with my grand kids over spring break, my wise seven year old granddaughter Jordan captured my attention. I was walking with her to a favorite spot in the woods near her home. She was on her little scooter. She looked up at me and said, "Did you know this thing has a GPS? It tells me where to go and what to do." I chuckled at her imagination and made a mental note to share with her aunt Crystal.
The more I thought about Jordan's childish wisdom, the more I got from it. We do have an internal Global Positioning System that guides us. It tells us where to go and what to do. It can make you feel like a loser or a winner. Just like your auto's GPS, all of the readings are dependent on your current location and the information provided. As handy as it is, haven't you sometimes been disappointed in the output? I've actually known people who argue with the lady in the GPS. A few times my GPS has misguided me or had me taking extra turns. But a savvy GPS operator knows one can always force it to go in another direction, the system simply recalculates the route via the new course.
Are you allowing your internal GPS to tell you where to go and what to do? How's that working for you? Do you keep repeating those same old routines that are getting you no where? Feeling stuck? If your internal GPS is not guiding toward the destination you chose, you can force it to change the route, or even better, provide it with better data. How would you do that? Let me make a suggestion: find out more about your unique skills, path and purpose. Once you've done that, begin to align future plans accordingly. All of this gives your internal positioning system better facts which will provide better results.
A participant in one of my recent life purpose workshops said "[This workshop] made me dig deep and answer questions about myself - questions that I had been running from. I can honestly say that the principles I learned in this workshop have changed my life. I am a much more positive person, and I feel like I am on a mission: I am focused and have a sense of purpose for the first time in a long time."
Perhaps your inner positioning system needs a recalculation. Get positioned for success in your life and in your work by focusing on your strengths. Don't allow every wind of adversity to knock you off course. Know who you are and where you want to go. This in turn will provide the base for what to do next. Does this new opportunity fit with your strengths, personality and skills? If not, you can let it go and move on to something that fits better. Just like your car's GPS, your internal guidance system operates better with more data and an occasional re-calculation.