Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

You’ve been wandering aimlessly without direction or meaning for days. You weren’t sure where you were when you started and now you don’t know whether you’ve gotten anywhere. You’ve just been walking in circles as people without maps and the ability to read them do. This isn’t last summer’s backcountry hiking trip. This is your life and in order to make your time and efforts meaningful, you need a really good map.

Birds & Butterflies

How do Cliff Swallows find their way each year on their 6,000-mile journey from Goya, Argentina to San Juan Capistrano, California without a map? How do Monarch butterflies complete a 2,500-mile migration across North America? While much of the science is still up for debate, it’s safe to say that they have some kind of an internal GPS and the physiology to interpret its signals.

Perhaps most importantly, these beings are utterly clear about their purpose. These journeys are central to the survival of their species.

Because they have complete clarity of mission, an awareness of where they want to go and, the ability to understand the information about how to get there, it’s pretty unheard of for any of them to get lost.

Cue The Human

Getting lost may be one of the most common experiences modern homo sapiens share. We don’t just get lost in the woods with predictable frequency, we also get lost in life. When you realize you’re lost in the wilderness, experts say that the most important thing to do first is to sit down and find a way to become calm. If you haven’t brought a map with you, begin to create one in your mind. Decide whether you’ll be better off preparing to spend the night, or whether your best plan is to try and find your way home.

Just like the swallows and the Monarchs, clarity of purpose is essential. When you know why you’re doing something, like finding water or firewood, you’ll gain the greatest reward from it. If you pass up that critical first opportunity to stop, take a look around, and make an intentional choice, you’ll be wasting valuable energy and going in a direction that won’t take you where you want to go. Reach your intended destination by creating a map, which is how you know where you are, where you’re going and why.

Your Life Map

There are many kinds of maps and each type fulfills a unique purpose. Fortunately, you already have everything you need to create a customized and personal map of your life. It will reveal your deepest desires, innate gifts, and measure the motivation you have to take action. This map is less about your physical location and more about your inner landscape. Inspired by the 8 Directions in Nature, here’s a map that offers you the opportunity to check in with your internal GPS to see where you are now, where you’d like to be, and why it’s important to you.

On its surface, it looks like a measurement of how satisfied you are with your life, which it is. That’s how you know where you’re starting from. As you spend time diving deeper, it will reveal a great deal about what you desire and, most importantly, why. This rich reservoir of awareness becomes your source for connecting to your purpose and passion for life.

The time you invest in getting to know the map of your inner world will yield a decrease in frustration and insurmountable barriers, and best of all, the joy of knowing that your choices are taking you somewhere you actually want to be.

When this happens, you’ll be one of those rare people who doesn’t get lost, even when they choose to wander.

About Zette

Zette Harbour is an iPEC certified life and leadership coach, and, an award-winning professional storyteller, who helps women who want to live as their heart desires but experience feeling stuck learn how to become unstoppable in order to live true to themselves.

To connect with Zette, book a complimentary Discovery Conversation today.

Listen to her free 2 Minute Body Sense Meditation as an excellent practice and support in accessing your intuition.

Create a map of your life: 8 Directions Map.

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