Planning My Week and Keeping My Eye On The Target Tree in the Distance
Another week is approaching fast, time for a little planning to make it productive and focused on our goals.
I first started driving tractor when I was seven as many farm kids do and by the the time I left for college a decade later I had clocked an untold number of hours perfecting the art of working farm fields.
One of the techniques that my father and grandfather taught me was how to split a large field by selecting a far off tree on the other side of the field and keeping one eye on this tree while keeping the other on what my tractor and machine were doing.
This ensured a definite purpose and a straight line across the field rather than a haphazard wandering line that would lead to more work and fuel use later on.
When I went to college we learned things like surveying and cruising timber, both of which use a compass to run a very straight line, often through some very difficult terrain including canyons, cliffs, rivers, ponds, swamps and brush thickets.
When I began in this profession, we did not have GPS units so there was not a choice other than to run that straight line, so we would pull out our compass set the declination, sight on a tree and pace toward it without deviating until we reached it.
And the further away the tree was the more accurate and straight our line was, again just like with farm work, one eye stayed on the target tree while our other kept us from getting killed while dozing through some very tough country.
Whenever working with an assistant over the years, it always amused me that the guy or gal with the compass who was going through the really tough terrain arrived at the destination quicker than the other person on the team who could go around stuff and keep both eyes on their walking rather than keeping one eye on a far off tree.
In both of these professions, having a target tree, keeping an eye on it without deviation, will allow us to reach our destination in less time with less errors in our work.
Keeping an eye on those target trees over the years has been a good lesson for me in setting goals as well.
Setting our sights on a large tree or goal in the distance has an amazing effect on our success.
Keeping an eye on that target directs our subconscious, keeps us moving in a straight line toward our goal rather than wandering around hoping to accidentally find success someday.
Having that target tree in the distance allows us to direct our daily route in the right direction steadily getting closer to the target goal.
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Sara using compass in pw forest