Using a compass underwater is very tricky, not because it is difficult to operate but because you lose sense of direction. On land, you have some landmarks, signs and you are able to identify if you are headed in the right direction. Underwater you may not have any landmarks, it may just be water around you and so there is no way to know if you are headed in the right direction. Over confidence is the other issue, it is possible that you may believe in your own abilities and swim forward in a straight line, but if you glance at the compass you will know you have drifted off course. So when underwater it is very important that you check the compass from time to time to ensure you can make the adjustment and are headed in the right direction.
Direction & focus is very important in achieving our Goals. We get distracted by stuff that happens in life and lose our sense of direction and the goal altogether. So it’s important to revisit the compass and identify if you are reaching closer to your goal or not. Lets take an eg – if the goal is to be fit, you may have a well laid plan for a diet, work out etc. Your compass is likely to be your BMI, body energy and how your body adapts to this routine, if you pay attention to this compass you will know if you are on track. However life is not always a dream and its possible your routine may go off schedule, sleepovers with friends, family function, parties, hectic work schedules including stuff that needs your immediate attention may take priority. Our body is programmed for flight or fight and in both these modes our body behaves differently and we prioritize everything that we think is urgent and important and forget about our goal.
It is also possible that you may be successful to follow the routine however after sometime you miss looking at the compass (BMI) and little do you know that your diet / workout has changed subtly. You feel confident in your own ability and dismiss the compass, it is only one fine day it dawns on you that your efforts have been in vain and now you may have to re-do everything again. So it’s very important that you review your compass (BMI) periodically.
Whatever your goal it’s important that you have guiding principles or a compass that can tell you if you are headed towards your goal. It’s clear many of us get disillusioned by other things that demand our attention and we lose our focus and lose interest in our Goal and it stays on the back burner. During these times ask yourself why I want this Goal, what will happen if I don’t achieve it, what will happen if I achieve it. If there is no passion to the above questions it’s likely that your Goal is frivolous and has no meaning. However if there is passion then it’s important that you have a compass that can help you stay on course.
Like a good diver, you may want to chart your path in advance, while the actual situation under water or in real life may vary, at least it gives you a sense of what to expect ahead and you can plan accordingly. As you chart the route you may identify small milestones on the way, achieving these can be very fruitful and can give further impetuous to the Goal.
It is also important to remember that a compass is also not error free, so you can use the compass as an instrument but you should also rely on your intuition and your inner self. So take the time out chart your course, follow your compass, and if the compass breaks down, follow your instinct.
You don’t throw a compass overboard because the ocean is calm