Course Corrections are Essential to Staying on Track

Several years ago, as part of a college performing group, I boarded a cruise ship in Finland bound for Denmark. It was a cold May morning and the fog was so thick we couldn’t see off the bow and there was about 8-12 inches of ice on the water. As the ship moved out of the bay, the ice scraped against the hull. About an hour into the journey, we received a personal invitation from the captain to join him on the bridge. It was my first experience on the bridge of a large ship and I had no idea what to expect. I envisioned the captain standing at a large wooden wheel with handles steering the ship (like in Pirates of the Caribbean).

To my surprise, the huge ship was steered by a small “joystick”—like the ones you would use to play an 80’s video game! The helmsman had two identical television screens in front of him. On each screen was a straight dotted line to a flashing light (a beacon in the ocean where the ship would need to turn to avoid running aground on an island). As the ship crunched through the ice in the open waters, it would slowly drift off the dotted line. To move the ship back on course, the helmsman would simply tap the joystick to the right or to the left.

Without the constant course corrections the ship would not have reached its destination. In geometry we learn that the fastest way to get from one point to another is a straight line. In other words, the most efficient way to reach our destinations is to stay on track. Like the ship, we will all face obstacles like the ice. Pressing through the obstacles we will drift off course. Staying on track requires constant course corrections.

Use the Tracart app to make course corrections to ensure you stay on track and accomplish your objectives.