Adjust Your Sails To The Future
“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
It is one that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control.
The only things you can change are those which you have control over.
Therefore, you need to find a way to get on with your life (adjust your sails) and look to the future rather than spending more time on what’s not working.
If a sailor knows a storm is coming from a certain direction, he or she will adjust the sails and let the wind blow them in the opposite direction.
Remaining on the same course might mean being caught up in a disaster that could sink the boat.
It’s the same with your life.
Sometimes we aren’t quite ready for change when it comes.
It just happens and we’re left to adapt to the differences the best we can.
Continuing on a course where disaster is looming and just waiting to take you down might make it impossible for you to ever get out of the “storm,” and head on to safe passage.
It may be difficult to change a course that you’ve been on for a long time.
That route is familiar, and even though filled with turmoil it can be strangely comfortable.
Taking an unknown course of action may be scary, but necessary if you’re to get on with your life and take action to make changes that will bring you success and happiness.
3 Ways to Adjust your Sails when you’re Dealing with Change:
Assess the Situation
Understand where you’ve been, where you are now and what the conditions are.
This assessment is part of the phase of helping you let go of what was and getting your head around what is.
The idea here is to stop worrying, because worry won’t get you what you want.
Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and soon it will become automatic.
Determine the Wind Direction
Next, take the time to determine what the wind direction is and how it’s affecting the path to where you want to go.
This re-aligning phase will be important to refocusing your goals and expectations for the future.
Mentally prepare yourself by gathering knowledge about your new course of action, visualizing yourself in your new role in the future.
Remove the negative elements from your life.
It may be difficult, because some of the negative elements might be friends, family and others, but it’s a necessary action that must happen before you can get through the present storm in your life.
Sail your Boat
Remember you were already sailing.
It’s just that the wind has just changed.
You will be ok.
You will adjust – you just need to keep going, keep sailing.
Even if you feel a little off balance at times – you’ll get more confident and the seas won’t remain this rough for too long.
You will probably still run into situations you’re unprepared for – and you may make some wrong decisions on the path – but, perseverance will get you through the dark and stormy times and guide you to safety.
You only have to look at any weather forecast to know that storms come and go and life replicates the ups and downs of the waves that come with it.
Set goals, take action on them and stay the course.
You know what they say – change is the only constant.
The best thing you can do is to learn how to effectively sail the changes that come your way.
You’ll soon realize your dreams and desires for the future.
Now I’d Love to Hear from You.
What stood out for you about what I talked about?
Do you have any times in your life where you’ve needed to adjust your sails?
How did that help you to get to where you wanted to be?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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