The Importance Of Knowing Why Youâ€™re In The Boat
Whether at work or home, there are highs and lows. And youâ€™re not getting special treatment, thatâ€™s how it is for everyone. And itâ€™s a powerful fundamental, so donâ€™t try to control it, ride it.
When the sailing is smooth, at some point it wonâ€™t be â€“ the winds change, thatâ€™s what they do. And when youâ€™re suddenly buffeted from a new direction, you take action. But what action? More sail or less? Port or starboard? Heave the anchor or abandon ship? It depends.
Your actions depend on your why. Regardless of wind or tide, your why points where it points and guides your actions. Much like magnetic north doesnâ€™tÂ move if you spin your compass, your long term why knows where it points. If the storm on the horizon is dead ahead, you go around it. But itâ€™s a balance â€“ deviate to skirt the storm, but do it with your long term destination in mind. If you know your long term why, the best course heading is clear.
Often you set sail without realizing you donâ€™t have your why battened down and stowed. When you sail where you sailed last time, you know the landmarks and use them to navigate. You can unknowingly leave your why at the pier and still get to your destination. But when youâ€™re blown out to sea and can no longer see the landmarks, your moral compass, your long term why, is the only way to tack and jibe toward your destination.
Before you set sail, itâ€™s best to know why youâ€™re in the boat..
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