Setting Your Compass for Right

Setting Your Compass for Right

by Susan Neuhalfen

Do you want better or do you just complain about not having it? What is standing in the way of a better life for you?

n the spirit of Pay it Forward and The Gift, comes a new movement: Inspired Right.
Inspired Right is a book, but more importantly, it’s a new way of life.

Inspired Right is the brainchild of four north Texans who were tired of being asked to do things that were clearly wrong in their jobs and in some cases, their lives.

“People feel the pressure to do wrong,” said Steve Hall who spent his career in marketing. “They’re afraid to make a change even thought they know what’s right.”

It is important to state that this is not a political movement nor is it a religious one. There’s no finger wagging or preaching. It’s very simple: defining “right” for you and doing it.

When these men first started meeting they discussed how to change the culture of the country and of the world but realized that the first thing they needed to do was change themselves and lead by example.

“The goal for us was to become better,” said Mark Stratton, retired Marine who spent 30 years in IT product development. “It’s defined differently for each person.”

For example, if better means arriving at a point of health or financial competency individually, then that destination is better for everyone. Others won’t be forced to support someone that they shouldn’t have to. If better means staying away from momentary stimulation such as drugs or regrettable decisions that result in unwanted parenting or premature parenting because it’s better for the individual, then that destination is also better for everyone. If better means becoming an engineer instead of a baker, what can be invented or improved can also be better for everyone.

They discovered what was standing in the way of better were the sources of guidance they chose. The guidance in many cases was founded on wrong instead of right.
Right, as defined in the book, is straightforward and accurate because it only points in one direction: the direction that’s best for each of us individually, first and foremost. If we know that our destination is right for us, this compass will clearly keep us on the course.

Roy Latkowski who works with the homeless, talked about the difference between walking the compass on a straight line toward right versus veering off course.

“You move one degree off course here and another degree off course here and before you know it, you’re 50 miles off the course you started,” said Roy. “If you follow your destination to “right” you’ll get there much more easily.”

The book points out the differences if you use wrong as a tool to get your end result. For example, if you use steroids or chemicals to alter your body or lose weight, you have the appearance of better health. You look better to others and your ego takes a short-term boost, but these tactics make things worse in the end instead of better. Wrong has nothing rewarding, fulfilling or sustainable in it, it only satisfies our impatience. When you choose right, you simply make better decisions for the
long haul.

Inspired Right was not created to be a two-hour seminar, it’s about changing the direction of your life to right and away from wrong.  So many people “zombie” their way through life and have given up on understanding or pursuing a fulfilled life. They are being pressured to do wrong to the point of giving up hope for what they would define as “better”.

“This book and movement is not another coat of paint in self-help,” said Hall. “When you get on the right track, good things happen.”

The book also defines others in our lives. For example a person whose faulty decisions lands them into habitual trouble is a Wrongaholic™. Readers are asked not to look to others for right; resist their agenda as well as they should resist yours. Ultimately, right and better bring us all to the same place: common ground. But how you get there is based only on what’s better for you.

Retired USAF navigator and leader Brian Searcy says the book is the foundation for this movement, but it’s just a starting point.

“We aren’t the only people who sought better and found it,” said Brian. “We want to get out in the community, in schools and businesses and help people to find better in their lives and in their careers by using right as a tool, not a weapon.”

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