Trust Your Personal GPS – a special edition series of Norton Knows

Don’t you just love the simplicity of entering an address into your favorite mobile map application? With one tap, the route is communicated both audibly and graphically on the screen of your device or your car. It usually makes the trip so easy and eliminates stress for the driver, passenger, and all back seat drivers.

But sometimes, that lovely voice starts to sound a little terse as she utters those most pleasant of words “recalculating route” like she somehow thinks we missed our turn on purpose. And when we miss the “first available u-turn” we once again receive the “recalculating route” half expecting to hear the additional word, “again.”

There are times I use my GPS just as a check and balance, making sure that where I think I am headed is exactly where I want to be going.

However, on one recent road trip, my GPS and I had a complete difference of opinion. I had a general sense of where I was headed although I hadn’t been there in over a year, so I was confident as I started the drive. My confidence increased as I programmed my GPS – you know – just to make sure.  And then for the next two and a half hours, it was game on, man against machine.

As the voice echoed those words, “recalculating route” over and over and over again, I knew that the machine was wrong, very wrong.  So I trusted my instincts, maintained my course, and arrived at my destination. I checked a different GPS app upon my arrival just to make sure I took the fastest and easiest route possible, and I was once again reassured that I had indeed made the right decisions along the way.

It made me wonder though, how often do I use my own internal GPS when making other decisions in my life. Although I know what I should be doing, do I always follow my own instincts or do I try and get direction and input from others? For me, just as I like to have that security blanket in my GPS even though I believe I know where I am going, I also like to bounce ideas and situations off of people I trust.

But at the end of the day, it is incumbent on me to make the decision that is best for my personal life, my business life, and my spiritual life, trusting my internal GPS to lead me during times of uncertainty and indecision.

We have to do the same for our children, our friends, and our employees. Sometimes they need to use us as their GPS, as they seek guidance and assistance in their endeavors. Yet other times, especially if we want them to grow, we need to encourage them to trust their own internal GPS too. They may very well hear from us and from within their own head and heart, “recalculating route.” but that is okay. Who amongst us hasn’t had to make a course correction or two (or more) in life? It’s how we learn and how we grow personally and professionally.

I would love to hear all about how you trust your internal GPS at, and I hope it guides you into making it a better than good week.

Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.

Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.


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