For many years I fought the idea of using GPS because I already had a GPS. Her name was Diane. She was my wife. “Turn left in 500 ft – Stay on this road for three miles – Stop! – We’re here!”
Diane was always right and she didn’t need batteries.
Now I have become dependent of the voice of a strange woman. She has my destination locked in her memory and shows me the perfect way to get there.
Like Diane, she’s always right. Unlike Diane, she never asks me what I am thinking or insists on stopping at every outlet mall we pass.
But occasionally I deliberately, or by accident, make a wrong turn. What happens next is amazing!
My GPS gently tells me how to get back on track. With no hint of anger or disappointment, I hear a single word, “recalculating.” Then she comes up with a whole new perfect plan for me.
A new beginning from my current position. How cool is that! The destination remains the same… the journey getting there has been adjusted taking into account my diversion.
We have a lot to learn from this woman. A lesson that can make 2016 a productive and happy new year.
Here is the strategy to help lead you to a happy and successful new year.
Anticipate the need to recalculate!
The path to success, in business, marriage, friendship or faith is NEVER, you heard it right, NEVER, without misguided or intentional detours. Like missiles fired at some distant target, we begin making errors shortly after lift off.
Every missile fired into space goes astray, every single one. Back at the command center, the missiles “GPS” is constantly recalculating and sending new commands, “correct one degree to the left.” Soon the missile is back on course….. but not for long. What looks like a flawless shot to the moon is actually a million little recalculations made along the way. The ability to recalculate gets the missile to where it is going. The same ability will get you where you want to go and where you are supposed to go.
We are extremely reluctant to accept “recalculating” as a pattern of success. We want to believe the journey will be seamless and without error. But it is those who accept failure as a reality, those who eagerly seek to learn from mistakes, those who are anxious to recalculate and get back on course, those are the people who reach the pinnacles of success.
- It took Thomas Edison thousands of failures and approximately 10,000 experiments to invent the electric light bulb. He knew how to recalculate.
- Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steam engine, failed so publicly that his creation was dubbed Fulton’s Folly. But he knew how to recalculate!
- Abraham Lincoln was defeated in several elections before he was elected as president of the United States. He didn’t give up! He recalculated, made adjustments, and changed the face of history.
Even God recalculates for us. It’s called GRACE! God’s Provision for Stupiditiy! GPS. So if God does it, why shouldn’t we? When we make a wrong turn in life God doesn’t ban us from making the journey. He just whispers, “recalculating” and redirects us, from where we find ourselves in the moment, to a NEW and PERFECT path to the right destination.
Where are you right now? Where do you want to be? Recalculate! You can get there from here! I look forward to reading your comments.
I’d like to write more but I have to make a U-turn![reminder]