Functions of your internal compass
The compass performs three functions.
Charting your course
The internal compass acts as a guide to make important identity choices. At key moments, the compass helps you make the choice that suits you best. It is not a question of right or wrong choices, but of appropriate and less appropriate choices that are really in line (or not) with what you find really important.
Especially when there are many choices, the internal compass brings inner peace. The compass provides you with criteria to evaluate yourself and others. In this way, you can make conscious choices that really suit you and set your course.
Staying on track
Your compass also ensures that you can stay on course in your daily activities. It helps you to align daily choices and goals with your identity, and makes it easier to continuously make voluntary identity choices and determine life goals. This means you can stay true to your authentic goals, values and interests.
The compass helps you to stay true to yourself when you are going through a period of change. When you are under pressure, and have to deal with difficult situations, your internal compass ensures that you do not end up being unsteady, but have a handle to (quickly) reorient yourself.
It offers protection against influences that threaten your own development, such as study pressure and social pressure from your family or friends.
The compass offers you the opportunity to assess your position and the direction you want to go. This resilience helps you to face the storms.