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Friday, May 14, 2010

Ten of Diamonds

Technology has provided us with many tools that make our lives easier.  Navigation systems allow us to find our way to locations by entering the address and following the instructions of the friendly voice.  Some of us still use maps and landmarks to help us to get where we need to go.  The method of getting directions may depend on the distance to be traveled or the familiarity of the surroundings. 

Let's use the Ten of Diamonds as our treasure map this week.  If "X" marks the spot, we need to follow the clues to get there and discover the prize.  What are some of the common symbols, or markers, found on a treasure map?  There may be a flag, a tree, some rocks, or other landmark to let you know that you are on the right course.

Treasures are determined by individuals.  You may be familiar with the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure".  What is valuable to you may not have the same meaning to someone else.  Do not be discouraged by others who are pursuing different objectives.  As you embark on the exciting journey to find your treasure, be prepared for barriers and booby traps.    Do not be distracted by those things.  They are simply part of the process.  Instead, concentrate on the clues and signs that will lead you to the finish line and victory.

Flags are banners that identify a group or territory.  During your expedition, they may come in the form of compliments and complaints.   Compliments may highlight key strengths that will be necessary to help you make progress toward your destination.  Use them to your advantage.  Complaints can also be beneficial.  They may help you see areas of weakness that need to be practiced in order to improve the skill set.  Awareness of the what needs improvement provides balance to your approach.

Trees have roots, branches, and leaves.  They represent your preparation and network.  Your roots are steps you may need to take before you embark on your mission.  They could involve education, training, or research.  That takes care of what you need to know.  Your branches are who you need to know.  Do not try to do everything alone.  There are people who can open doors for you, make introductions, and share shortcuts with you.  The leaves, or fruit, are the evidence that you are making progress.  They are what you have to show for your efforts.   

Rocks are symbolic of risks.  When you see them, evaluate the size, shape, and smoothness.  There is usually some level of risk involved as you pursue something of value.  It will help to have a strategy in place for dealing with small, medium, and large risks.  Some may be deemed acceptable and require little or no attention.  Others might have more serious consequences and cause you to actively try to avoid them.  Consider the benefits attached to each risk and take a chance when you stand to gain more than you would lose. 

Once you reach the "X", the treasure should be nearby.  If it is buried, you will have to dig for it.  Make sure you have your tools with you.  If it is hidden, you will have to seek it.  You might have to look under the rocks or climb the tree.  Just know that you are in the right place and be proud of yourself for getting there. 

1 comment:

  1. I love the analogy with the tree and the networking aspect. As I begin to look for employment, I need to ensure that my network is strong and that it comes together to produce good fruit. :)