Forget Your GPS – Use Your IGS

The problem with a GPS is that it needs you to put in your specific destination. Saying “I want to get gas” is not enough; you need to specify one particular gas station. Unfortunately, nobody knows what the new “normal” will look like, or how our organizations will be functioning then. Thus, we can’t use our personal and corporate GPSs as guidance systems to get to the new destination – we don’t know what it is!

Instead, we need to rely on our IGS – Internal Guidance System. What is that? It’s not our left brain. Not our ego. Instead, it is our inner sense, our “who we are”. It tells us the next turn, and that’s all. It is VERY tactical! It doesn’t tell us our final destination. Why not? Because it can’t. Because our final destination is being co-created, by us and many others. All our IGS can tell us is our next step, from the myriad of choices of next steps. And sometimes, it doesn’t even do that! That might be because any of several next steps is equally valid, equally appropriate. What route do you want to take to get to the grocery store? Unless something unusual is going on, it really doesn’t matter – they’ll all get you there in about the same time and with about the same distance. One major difference between a GPS and an IGS – for a GPS to work, we have to be in motion. Sometimes, our IGS wants us to sit for a bit and be still, to get clearer about what is real for us and how that might lead us forward. Remember, not all who wander (or sit) are lost. Methinks we’re in the middle of a major “wander.” And I “wander” how it’s going to turn out. (Pun intended)

For people who are goal-oriented, this process is particularly frustrating, because we need to know the ultimate goal so we can constantly monitor our progress and make the mid-course corrections to ensure that we arrive at our intended destination – e.g. the gas station. My wife and I took a drive into the Coast Range Sunday afternoon just to be out in nature. Our objective – take a drive in the Coast Range. Perfectly legal, because we weren’t going to be within 100 feet of anyone. So each time we came to an intersection, we’d decide which direction to go. We found a really neat wedding venue, in a meadow above a small river. Beautiful! We also found a horse ranch that provides trail rides, which we will try in the near future. We didn’t even know they were there until we were driving up a road we hadn’t taken before. And then we used our GPS to get home, and it brought us home by a different route.

Let’s share experiences of using our IGSs. I look forward to hearing from you.

Acknowledgement – I learned about IGS from a very wise woman, Elaine Cornick, of Cultural Butterfly Project. www.culturalbutterflyproject.com/ She also happens to be my older sister.

Gary Langenwalter

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