As I drove into my community this afternoon there was a young girl standing outside of her house, very earnestly trying to catch the attention of cars passing by. She was holding up a sign. As I got close, I expected to see her sign announce a lemonade stand, cookies or some kind of young entrepreneurship in action.
It was a beautiful sign – she clearly put a lot of hard work and time into it. The multi-colored sign had a border of flowers and an arrow in the middle, pointing down the street the way I was traveling. So, I kept my eyes open as I passed her house, and the next and the next looking for whatever the arrow was pointing me towards.
Turns out, I never figured out what the arrow indicated. I’m not sure where she was trying to lead me. I was tempted to go back and ask her, but hungry kids with homework urged me forward.
So here’s the analogy:
You can have all the arrows in the world pointing you in a direction (maybe even the right direction) but if you aren’t really clear on where you are heading, those arrows won’t help you figure out where you’re going or how to know when you arrive.