One Degree

I have a friend who has experienced several difficult years in a row, in fact, it might be closer to a decade of struggles. During this season of life, she shifted into survival mode, but now she is beginning to find herself and is moving toward a healthier place. In a recent conversation she shared, “How did I get here? How in the world did I get here? It’s like, a decade of my life passed, and I just don’t know how I ended up here - in the wrong place.”
Individuals and teams often discover that they aren’t where they want to be. At some point, they got off track but here’s the reality; the problem isn’t that they got off track, the problem is that they got off track and they STAYED off track.
If you were to look at a protractor you would notice that one degree is a very, very small distance, but being off by one degree can seriously impact your final destination. For example, I once read that if you were off by one degree and you traveled one foot you would miss your mark by .2 inches. If you continue to move forward while being off by just one degree, the consequences will grow. If you traveled 100 yards and you were off by just one degree you would miss your mark by 5.2 feet. If you continued forward and traveled a mile you would now be off by 92.2 feet. And if you started at the equator and planned to fly around the earth, being off by just one degree would cause you to miss your final destination by 500 miles! To put it in perspective that is like landing in Buffalo New York when you thought you were headed to Chicago IL. That’s a really big problem to deal with.
So, the challenge for individuals and teams isn’t to be perfect but rather to assess where you are and recalculate on a regular basis. Healthy individuals and healthy teams check-in often to see if they are moving in the exact direction they want to be moving. If they discover they are off, even by just one degree, they recalculate quickly to get back on course.
If you are willing to make adjustments early and often you can stay on track and avoid finding yourself in a foreign land asking, “how did I get here? How in the world did I get here?”

Molly Grisham,
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