Seafarers ALWAYS Charted their intended course of travel before leaving port.
Nowadays, the equipment is far more sophisticated, yet the savvy most travelers still chart their courses before leaving port.
Whether it be by Car, Boat/Ship, Plane, Train, Bicycle, Hitch-hiking, or on foot, the journey begins with a final destination in mind . . . and during this initial Charting of the course, the intrepid explorer determines “Waypoints” along the way.
We’re traveling just as we eat an elephant . . . one bite at a time.
Having accomplished the chart, we know with relative certainty where we should be and when during the trek . . . We’ve created an itinerary which we can give to folks not traveling with us so they can know when to expect us where (and remember to leave the porch light on when we’re charted to visit them).
Why do we find this Charting necessary when our GPS can veritably “do all of our thinking and guiding for us?”
I can think of myriad reasons/advantages we gain doing this pre-travel prep:
Safety – When other people know when to expect you to be where . . . and they are aware of your waypoints . . . If you fail to show up, they know where to go looking for you. Additionally through the charting process, we become more intentional about our route and consider “Squeeze points” that may delay us (Busy cities @ Rush hour), Dangerous spots (coral reefs – anticipated rough weather – Unusually rugged terrain), and segments along the journey that may require more provisions (Long stretch of desert with minimal fuel stations signals a need for a full tank of gas and plenty of water on board – Just in case).
Efficiency - the fastest way from point A to point B is a straight line. When charting a course, the first action is to plot these 2 points on the chart/map and then draw that straight line. That’s a solid base line from which all of the rest emerges. We can now deliberately choose our waypoints based on what we want to accomplish each day. We can consider our tolerance for travel time each day and our desire to “Site-see” along the way.
Security - As we travel . . . each time we reach a waypoint, we enjoy a feeling of security and accomplishment because we know we are still on course and know where we are WRT to our itinerary. It is at each of these waypoints that we can choose to adjust our chart for the remainder of the trip. If we’re behind or ahead of schedule, we can notify folks down the road of our changes (Reschedule accommodations).
Accountability - With a chart, we are more apt to stay on course and have a higher likelihood of reaching point B – as scheduled.
Entertainment throughout the trek – Ralph Waldo Emerson said
Life is a journey, not a destination.” Why wouldn’t we take whatever measures available to get the most out of the journey? Charting our course affords the opportunity to peer peripherally beyond our designated route and to deviate occasionally so as to explore “off the beaten path” occasionally. These little side-trips diffuse the sometimes drudgery of slogging along.
Resupply (Provisions/Fuel) - The weary traveler reaches the waypoint and airs out the boots, changes socks, enjoys sustenance (food and beverage), gets much deserved rest, showers, clean and organizes gear, inventories “Beans and Bullets and fuel” and resupplies as needed, and takes time to communicate with folks at home and/or further down the trail to let them know the progress. During the initial charting process, there may have been a scheduled plan for a “Provision Drop” at each waypoint for efficiency (as is often done for Appalachian Trial blazers).
“Charting of our course” is ubiquitous throughout our life.
When we do this as a normal part of our daily life, we find it MUCH easier to stay on course with the things (and people) that MATTER most to us.
While “flying by the seat of our pants” may be an exhilarating ride, the real truth is that it has a reckless and potentially dangerous probability and leaves us so vulnerable to distraction that we may never reach “Point B.”
If you’re not doing this in all things, give it a try!
With a regular rhythm of Annual, Monthly, Weekly, Daily, and prior to launching into ANY new adventure/initiative, a habit of pausing long enough to chart your course will indubitably ensure that you’ll reach point B . . . AND enjoy the journey.
I am SO appreciative of YOU (reader) . . . who has allowed me to be a small part of your life journey.
I can’t wait to see you “there” with a big, fat SMILE on your face
PS: My “Real Job” is guiding folks along the journey of buying and/or selling a house in Middle Tennessee and Building my Niche firmPareto Realty through mentoring and coaching “The Vital Few” real estate sales professionals on our team.
When you’re in the mood to move, we hope you’ll connect with us to guide you through the process . . . We ALWAYS start by identifying Points B and charting a course to get you there
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