In our last post we talked about destinations. Places you would like to go. Some may be close to home, others far away. There is another vacation destination that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It is called the “Cruise to Nowhere,” and it does exactly that.
The boat leaves from a popular port, goes out to sea and circles around for a couple of days and then returns to the same place it started. The passengers enjoy great meals, fun activities, and great shows. It’s a fun filled time with no destination.
John Maxwell, in his book The Roadmap for Success, uses this type of a vacation as an illustration of how many people live their lives…
The problem for a lot of people is that their lives are too much like these cruises. They’re on a trip with no set destination, no charted course. They’re in a holding pattern, and they occupy their time pursuing pleasures that don’t have any lasting benefit for themselves or others. Meanwhile, they travel in circles. In the end they finish no better that they started. A cruise to nowhere may be a fun way to occupy a few days of vacation time, but it’s no way to spend your life.
I have gone on far too many of these cruises in my life. Whether it be procrastination or just plain apathy, I ‘ve found my self adrift without a rudder. When I finally make it back to shore, it’s always the same place that I started and the same problems or issues are still there. It reminds me of the anonymous quotation, “A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.”
So how do we choose a destination? Are there some tools that can help us chart a course?
In the next post we’ll look at how we can identify and sail towards our destination and how we can discover the dream…