Ask a room full of people to close their eyes and point North. When everyone opens their eyes, fingers are pointing all over the place. (Try this some time; it’s a great ice breaker).
The message is that “north”, while being geographically available for specific identification and location using the right equipment, can conjure various meanings depending on one’s perception.
During life changing moments our perception of our own true north can be equally confusing. For people who find themselves in career transition, I coach and teach the concept of resetting your true north. Perhaps re-set is not the perfect term, but what I mean is that you should get back in touch with that center of your being. Revisit the core values, goals, and beliefs you once held dear. Allow time to rekindle a fire that might have burned low or even worse, burned out.
When you find that true north again, any decisions you make about the next chapter of your life will have far more meaning and purpose.