musing#6: discover true north

_You must know why you live_

Simon Sinek played a much needed role in changing my life.  he really deserves some credit, and I strongly and humbly urge anyone interested in living a full and successful life read his book, “Start with Why.” 

A couple years ago, i was a few months away from earning my eagle scout.  fortunately, i did earn it.  and needless to say, one of the most enriching periods in my teen experience was one with the scouts we call ‘venture’ scouts.  these young chaps are required to be age 14 and above, and have passed the rank of star scout, i believe. 

Several of us were called upon in early february to curate a little portion of content for a leadership training course, which would be taught to scouts younger, and lower ranked than ourselves. 

It was very nerve-racking, yet quite exciting and fun.  what i realized rencetly was that i had forgotten  this video i’d run across while looking for content based on leadership.  what he said regarding leadership in one particular youtube video immediately struck me.

“Leaders eat last.”  the very instant I heard those words proceed from Sinek’s mouth, i was sold.    immediately, i saved the video, and proudly showed it to the younger scouts, who happily absorbed the lesson my crew members and I had presented. 

What i truly wish to touch upon today is the rather odd thing called ‘alignment,’ and one of my closest friends, also an eagle scout, shared this with me.  “you must align yourself with your highest calling and purpose,” he would say to me, every time we talked.  at the time, i didn’t care to figure out what this meant, or how it would affect my life.

I finally watched this idea light upon my mind, and i examined it closely and fervently for a few hours.  it tumbled and tossed around my head for awhile.  it finally clicked, and with this, I present to you what I believe alignment is.

You have two different sections of alignment, the first of which is the map.  the second, is a compass.  both are utterly useless without the other.  however, paired together, they bring purpose and clarity to anyone’s mission.  this is what I believe so many people and business who wish to succeed really need.

I will introduce a very personal allusion to this concept, via another favored memory of mine with the scouts.  each year our troop would have drills in which one scout would hold a map, and the other a compass.  as a team, they would ride bikes around an old series of forts, twisting to and fro from bunker to path, and so forth. 

The map is your life situation among the many citizens of the world.  it merely shows you what to avoid, and where you could and should go.  you have the choice of going anywhere, seeing anything, and meeting anybody. Without use of your compass however, you aren’t going a single mile with any clarity or direction. 

The compass is, i reckon, most similar to you and I’s heart.  it sort of knows where you should be headed, but often it can’t quite make the decisions you feel will lead you into a better successful life.

What your missing, is-get this: true north.  Sure, the map has a spot that claims north for it’s own.  Your compass has a point that claims it’s north.  you must claim your own true north.  and so with this, I would still highly recommend Sinek’s book, as he goes on to describe in heavy detail about living with a sense of “why” you do things.  he does mention you should learn the how and what, but that comes later; after you have ascertained your own true north

Some of you, no doubt, will find this a perfect place to insert your favored religion as the thing that gives you the clarity to your true north.  personally, i am not here to try and curry favor with monks or preachers - I just wish to help enlighten my readers. the same goes for atheists, agnostics, ignostics, secular humanists, Buddhists of all flavors, and even ______. 

Only until you find out why you get out of bed, and clarify the true north in your life, will you be a step closer in your life’s journey to success, and living in pure fullness.

Your true north is not my true north and vice versa.  it does not work like that.  the really funny thing about this is noted in the compass versus true north.  even the compass does not automatically point to towards true north.  depending upon your location, it is commonly accepted that you must add or subtract degrees to your compass bearing.  so the same will be required to hold true to your heart.  it too will change, and you will need to get yourself adjusted to that idea, the one in which all creatures and beings  in this universe are impermanent. 

So I both encourage,  and urge you on.  Grab the map willingly, be diligent in setting the bearing on your compass, and go forth.  Discover the clarity you lack, and purpose now to find where your true north lay.

musing#6: discover true north

_You must know why you live_

Simon Sinek played a much needed role in changing my life.  he really deserves some credit, and I strongly and humbly urge anyone interested in living a full and successful life read his book, “Start with Why.” 

A couple years ago, i was a few months away from earning my eagle scout.  fortunately, i did earn it.  and needless to say, one of the most enriching periods in my teen experience was one with the scouts we call ‘venture’ scouts.  these young chaps are required to be age 14 and above, and have passed the rank of star scout, i believe. 

Several of us were called upon in early february to curate a little portion of content for a leadership training course, which would be taught to scouts younger, and lower ranked than ourselves. 

It was very nerve-racking, yet quite exciting and fun.  what i realized rencetly was that i had forgotten  this video i’d run across while looking for content based on leadership.  what he said regarding leadership in one particular youtube video immediately struck me.

“Leaders eat last.”  the very instant I heard those words proceed from Sinek’s mouth, i was sold.    immediately, i saved the video, and proudly showed it to the younger scouts, who happily absorbed the lesson my crew members and I had presented. 

What i truly wish to touch upon today is the rather odd thing called ‘alignment,’ and one of my closest friends, also an eagle scout, shared this with me.  “you must align yourself with your highest calling and purpose,” he would say to me, every time we talked.  at the time, i didn’t care to figure out what this meant, or how it would affect my life.

I finally watched this idea light upon my mind, and i examined it closely and fervently for a few hours.  it tumbled and tossed around my head for awhile.  it finally clicked, and with this, I present to you what I believe alignment is.

You have two different sections of alignment, the first of which is the map.  the second, is a compass.  both are utterly useless without the other.  however, paired together, they bring purpose and clarity to anyone’s mission.  this is what I believe so many people and business who wish to succeed really need.

I will introduce a very personal allusion to this concept, via another favored memory of mine with the scouts.  each year our troop would have drills in which one scout would hold a map, and the other a compass.  as a team, they would ride bikes around an old series of forts, twisting to and fro from bunker to path, and so forth. 

The map is your life situation among the many citizens of the world.  it merely shows you what to avoid, and where you could and should go.  you have the choice of going anywhere, seeing anything, and meeting anybody. Without use of your compass however, you aren’t going a single mile with any clarity or direction. 

The compass is, i reckon, most similar to you and I’s heart.  it sort of knows where you should be headed, but often it can’t quite make the decisions you feel will lead you into a better successful life.

What your missing, is-get this: true north.  Sure, the map has a spot that claims north for it’s own.  Your compass has a point that claims it’s north.  you must claim your own true north.  and so with this, I would still highly recommend Sinek’s book, as he goes on to describe in heavy detail about living with a sense of “why” you do things.  he does mention you should learn the how and what, but that comes later; after you have ascertained your own true north

Some of you, no doubt, will find this a perfect place to insert your favored religion as the thing that gives you the clarity to your true north.  personally, i am not here to try and curry favor with monks or preachers - I just wish to help enlighten my readers. the same goes for atheists, agnostics, ignostics, secular humanists, Buddhists of all flavors, and even ______. 

Only until you find out why you get out of bed, and clarify the true north in your life, will you be a step closer in your life’s journey to success, and living in pure fullness.

Your true north is not my true north and vice versa.  it does not work like that.  the really funny thing about this is noted in the compass versus true north.  even the compass does not automatically point to towards true north.  depending upon your location, it is commonly accepted that you must add or subtract degrees to your compass bearing.  so the same will be required to hold true to your heart.  it too will change, and you will need to get yourself adjusted to that idea, the one in which all creatures and beings  in this universe are impermanent. 

So I both encourage,  and urge you on.  Grab the map willingly, be diligent in setting the bearing on your compass, and go forth.  Discover the clarity you lack, and purpose now to find where your true north lay.

Published by Lukus Leonard