GPS

Have you ever been lost before?

I assume we can all answer “yes” for this on more than one occasion.

But I think if we dig deeper it means more then just missing your exit on the interstate and having to circle back and recount your steps.

Being lost can apply to your relationship, your career, your schooling, your finances, your religion and so many more areas.

On some level I never thought about it before like this. I was at a network event earlier this week with some people I had just met. The gentleman that was running the event started talking about the days of Map Quest. He continued to talk about the directions that we would print out whether we were on a short trip or a long road trip.

But what everyone in the room laughed about was the simple fact that we would always get lost reading those directions, and the directions didn’t come with ways to back track if you made a wrong turn.

Some people may wonder what Map Quest is, but I remember having to use that regularly about 5 years ago working for a rental car company that picks you up. Every now and then the directions were so off that there was no choice but to pull out my phone and use my own data to figure out where I was going.

How many times would you say this happens during your day? How many times during your life? I venture to say a lot more than you are counting.

Let’s establish this: A GPS is used to get you from where you are to where you want to go. This can be truer in life. For example, your parents always want the best for you, right? But that starts at a very young age from when they stop you from putting your tongue in a socket to making sure you look both ways for traffic. That is a GPS.

Our parents are trying to help us from making mistakes that will ultimately set us back in life. The funny part is how many times do we ignore them or think that we are ready ourselves. I don’t know about you but I know that my mom has had to grab me and pull me back out of the way of that car I wasn’t looking for. At that moment she was my GPS helping me get back on the right track to make sure I didn’t do that kind of thing again.

The problem is, as we get older we, all of a sudden, don’t think we need directions and that we can travel this same old road by ourselves. I disagree.

Acknowledging that we need help or directions as we become older becomes hard because we don’t want to admit we need help or direction. We deem it easier to suffer in the moment by ourselves more than getting advice. That’s the issue.

It is much harder at 62 to say you don’t have enough money for retirement then it is at 32. At 32 you have time to make adjustments to make sure that you can retire at 62 or whatever time you want to.

This is why a GPS is also important for our lives and that we understand it. A financial advisors job is to “get you from where you are to where you want to be.”

A loan officers job is to “get you from where you are to where you want to be.” A parent’s job is to “get you from where you are to where you want to be.”

All this to be said that we cannot ignore the “GPS” that we need in our lives. It is okay to listen to others and seek out wise counsel.

Without these people in our lives, we could end up on the wrong side of a relationship or be in a mortgage for 30 years that we can’t afford.

A GPS is imperative to have in our lives, and we should stay close to those that are looking out for us and helping us make good decisions. Don’t get caught in traffic, be okay if your mom/friend/spouse pulls you back and guides you in another direction.

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