being “directionally correct”

Nothing gets me fired up like finding a new word or phrase that describes a concept I’ve been thinking about for a long time. (See: Seth Godin’s piece on ‘sonder’)

Recently, as I read a book on cryptocurrency and listened to a friend of mine talk about his take on the industry, I’ve come across the phrase “directionally correct.”

Directionally correct refers to something that may not be an ultimate answer or solution, but it is headed in the right direction. Cryptocurrency, to many, is directionally correct – though it remains to be seen if Bitcoin is truly the dominant currency that wins out.

I’ve heard the Affordable Care Act referred to as directionally correct, even though it’s likely not going to survive in its current form.

As I was talking with a coaching client today, I was explaining that I still don’t have any idea what I ultimately “want to do with my life.” But, the activities I’m spending my time doing now and the things I’m creating feel directionally correct.

Sometimes something feels directionally incorrect and that sounds a mental alarm.

It’s rare that we know the answers or can predict outcomes with complete certainty. But as long as you follow the directionally correct, you find your way there eventually.

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