Did you know that it is common to find a lost person with a broken compass? No, they are not lost because their compass was broken. They broke their compass because they didn’t believe the compass. They believed they were somewhere other than where the compass said. And many times, they decided that the map they were using was also wrong… and they were right.
Survival experts refer to this as “bending the map.” They are trying to force their map to match what they perceive, rather than letting the map inform their understanding of where they are.
Guess what? It doesn’t just happen in survival situations. We do it every day. We bend our perceptions to match what we want to see… not what is there to be seen. And we often find ourselves way off-course. So far off that we might have just compromised our values.
The good news is there are some simple ways to keep this tendency in check. This is a skill we desperately need these days.
Listen to this week’s episode to learn how to not bend your map!