Is your life aligned with your internal compass? Regardless of the answer…
First, develop a personal mission statement. Make it ring true. I mean really, seriously true. This short statement, no more than three or four sentences, should be the summation of your purpose. What do you hold most dear? What is the number one goal in your life? If you can answer these two questions you will have successfully drafted a strong personal mission statement.
Now that you have your personal mission statement you need to take a current inventory of your life. Where are you in terms of your career? How healthy are your most intimate relationships? Make sure to conduct your inventory in relation to your personal mission statement. If you are honest with yourself you will sense areas where your life is not aligned with your personal mission statement.
You need to invest energy and time on each area you have identified as being out of alignment. Ask yourself this question, “What do I need to do to resolve this?”. Another useful question is, “How can I align this area of my life with my personal mission statement?”.
The course of action coming out of this exercise will vary from person to person and case to case. What is similar is that for every such introspection, without exception, some kind of action is required. The action can range from a mental “adjustment” of attitude or perspective to changing career paths or ending relationships.
The bottom line is this: Once you define where you want to go and, more importantly, how you want to get there, you have a guide or map to use along the way. On your journey you may find that your course corrections become less significant, perhaps even dropping down to minor nudges. The important thing is to keep a close eye on your current course as it compares to the path laid out in your personal mission statement.
With practice you will find that an inner navigator may rise up to whisper to you when a change in course is needed.