January 30, 2020

Macro tracking is a map. Your three numbers, recalibrated along the way, are coordinates. We seldom need maps for quick outings that keep us close to home, but use them instead for journeys, with a specific, new destination in mind—our eyes on the road, luggage stored, seat belts fastened.

We may not always relish the voyage, because it removes us from what we know, but we travel for a reason—to arrive elsewhere.

Following a carefully plotted route is, undoubtedly, the fastest way to get there. If we’re ten miles off course one day, and eight another, it’s going to take longer. And if we’re too far off course too often, we’re going to have to turn around to merge back onto the highway.

Macro tracking is a map. Your coordinates are set with a +/-3 differential. The more regularly you meet them, the more direct your route. When we get lost along the road, we don’t question the extended travel time. We understand that we were lost.

So if macro tracking is a map, and we’re not homed in on our coordinates, the same reasoning applies. We didn’t take the most direct route. And we’re likely still short of our destination.

If you’ve never taken a macro journey before, this is the easiest way to explain it—to avoid the frustration and confusion that can surface if your differential is too broad, and your progress is slower. And if you’re a seasoned traveler, it’s a good reminder that a carefully plotted path is the smoothest kind.

Sure, there are road blocks and pot holes and detours. But they are temporary and surpassable. Your destination isn’t going anywhere. It’s still ahead, beyond the traffic. Just follow your map.