04 Oct Future Entrepreneurs: Adjust Your Sails
She stood in the storm. And when the wind did not go her way…she adjusted her sails.
As we transition from summer into autumn, think about ways you can adjust to get in touch with your conditions: that’s the best way to be aware of what’s happening around you so you can plan your next move.
I come from a sailing family, so I learned it’s not possible to sail directly into the wind, of course. By sailing slightly off course to one side of the wind, then tacking and sailing to the other side of the wind, it’s possible to zigzag your way to an upwind destination. It takes longer than sailing in a straight line, but you move ahead and reach the destination .
It takes experience and good judgment to learn to react and adjust (tack or jibe in sailing) properly. A considerable amount of speed is necessary to execute it. If a vessel doesn’t have enough speed, the wind may overpower the boat’s turn, forcing it back on its previous course or worse yet, the vessel may end up “in irons,” not moving at all.
Sometimes we sail along in life like we have favorable winds and can move freely along in the sunshine without a worry. Other times conditions change when we least expect it, and we find ourselves trying to sail upwind.
Lack of awareness or a poor sense of self-worth is like a sailboat with an inexperienced captain and crew. Unable to anticipate the change or respond accordingly, we have difficulty staying on course, often find ourselves in perilous waters, and sometimes end up stuck.
Make time to be mindful. You’ll have a better sense of who you are, what you deserve and where you are headed. And you are worth it!
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Cheers and fair winds,
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