Set your sail for success

IT'S NOT THE GALEBut the set of the sail (3)

Aah Summer, I can feel it creeping closer. The temperature is rising, the days are getting longer. It won’t be long before we’re all tempted to hit the beach again – if we haven’t already! I have several nieces and nephews who’ve been down at their surf lifesaving club for months training…

The focus for today’s post is a bit more boatie than lifesaving, though. Following last fortnight’s post I got to thinking about the decisions we make about our circumstances. Setting your sail for success is to a large degree a matter of choice, I believe.

This is true whether you’re being buffeted by storms or somewhat becalmed on a still day. As I said then, we’re all subject to sunshine and rain, good times and bad – the thing which distinguishes winners is that they find ways to make the most of their circumstances. They set their sail for moving forwards and re-position themselves to make the most of what’s in front of them.

In real sailing, these choices are continuous. No decision is final, adjustments can and should be made. No tack lasts forever, you’re constantly re-adjusting for the wind until you reach your destination. Seems like a good analogy for life to me.

So if you have dreams and plans for doing well in life, remember that you’re going to have to do the work of setting your sail for success. Rather than blaming the system or the circumstances, you’re going to have to work out ways to make the most of them. Happy sailing!