Posted by: drewdice | July 26, 2010

Glow in the dark compass ring

It is funny how we keep certain memories close to our hearts and how we can remember times and places in life that are associated to songs, movies, tv shows etc.

For me, one of my all time favorite movies is Big with Tom Hanks. You remember, right? A young kid wishes he was grown up, and after finding the Zoltar machine, the wish comes true and the kid becomes Tom Hanks’ character (grown up in size, but kid inside), and the story ensues.

There is a part in the movie where adult Josh (Hanks’ character) has his girlfriend sleepover. Josh is on the top bunk bed and before going to sleep, he reaches down and gives the woman a gift….a glow in the dark compass ring…with the sentiments “so you won’t get lost at night”. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved that part. The sentimentality of the youthful Josh, the playful nature of the “dating” and how that transforms the way the adult woman looks at life….I think we as adults lose so much of that in a much too serious world. We can discuss that more another time. This is not the point of this post.

So, what’s the point?

What do YOU (and your business) use as your glow in the dark compass ring, so you won’t get lost? In the E-Myth, Michael Gerber talks about a “Primary Aim”. Different folks call this different things, but to me it is about one’s purpose. This applies, in my opinion, to an individual, group, team or organization. Purpose is the glow in the dark compass ring, and should guide all decisions that one makes, from career, friends, relationships, partnerships, peer groups, employees hired, educational path…you get the point.

Being in alignment with a purpose creates grease and velocity, in good ways. When aspects of life are aligned with one’s purpose, it is amazing how things seem to just fall into place (yes, there will always be hiccups and obstacles, but truly, they just melt away in comparison to the stress and strife of dealing with challenges in a misaligned world) and how much joy and success one can experience when the world is in better order.

Sound utopian? I don’t think so. I’m not talking about perfection here. Perfection, in my opinion, is unrealistic. What I’m talking about is having a purpose that serves as a beacon, and can help a person stay on track, or quickly get back on track when things go awry.

What is your glow in the dark compass ring?


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