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Adjust Your Sails

Adjust Your SailsAdjust Your Sails in Challenging Times

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr. It’s a quote that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control. Right now, that’s true for most of us.

The only things you can change are those over which you have control. It follows that 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 spinning your wheels on what’s not working.

If a sailor knows a storm is coming from a certain direction, the sailor will adjust the sails to allow the wind blow them in the opposite direction. Remaining on the same course might mean being caught up in a disaster that could sink their vessel.

It really is the same with your life. Continuing on a course where disaster is looming and waiting to take you down might make it impossible for you to ever get out of the “storm,” and head on to safe passage.

Admittedly, it may be difficult to change a course that you’ve been on for a long time. That route is familiar, and even though it may be filled with turmoil and unhappiness, there can be something strangely comfortable about it.
Taking an unknown course of action can be scary, but there are times when a serious course correction is necessary if you are to get on with your life. You’ll need to make a conscious decision to take action and make changes that will bring you success and happiness.

The first thing to do is to let go of the fear of your new and uncharted course; it’s in your best interest to stop worrying (it’s a waste of time and energy) and instead, develop a plan. Letting go of worry requires that you practice replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. It’s been proven if you resolve to do this on a daily basis and practice holding a positive mindset, it will become a wonderful new habit.

Embrace Optimism

Mentally prepare yourself by gathering knowledge about your new course of action and visualize yourself in your new role in your newly crafted, bright future. You may still encounter 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 will guide you to safety.

Next, remove the negative elements from your life. Now this may be difficult, because some of the negative elements might be long time friends, family and others, but it’s a necessary action that must happen before you can get through the present storm in your life. Carefully choose the people with whom you surround yourself.

Remember, it’s always wise to choose people who lift you up and who don’t drag you down and discourage you.
Adjust your sails, set goals, take action on you and stay the course. You’ll soon be on your way to realizing your dreams and desires for the future.

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Cheryl A Major, CNWC

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  • Shirley Noah

    Thanks, Cheryl, for the inspiration. It is definitely a time for changes. I have found that being flexible and willing to adjust eases my anxiety. We need to stay positive and be confident that the experience will make us better.

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