Changing the Set of My Sail….

We must courageously ask ourselves, “Is the direction I am going taking me in the direction and to the destination I desire to go?”  If the answer is “YES” then by all means, “Sail On”.  If the answer is NOT yes…then a change of attitude, or change of mind is required.  The next question to ask ourselves seems like it requires more common sense than courage…but I would argue the opposite.  It is simply, “Am I willing to make the change?”  I might say yes I want too, but making it real likely requires some very real work… if it didn’t the change would have been made long ago.

James Allen said, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they there-fore remain bound.”

Let’s look at the same “set of the sail” quotation, but with a different back drop.  One whose symbol I believe offers us more help and more hope.

Do you see what I see?  An eyeglass – something that helps us to see better, and that helps us to look ahead in a very focused manner.  To truly change the set of our sail, the principles of focus and clarity around our desired destinations in life and at work are going to need to enjoy an elevated status in our minds eye.  We need to make and keep them every before us physically and as well  present as lead actors on the stages of our mind.  In addition, we need to invite, allow, cultivate and in every way nurture and strengthen our enthusiasm and desire to achieve these goals.  We need to be excited to achieve them, and believe so much in that possibility that we boldly proclaim them to the world.  “THIS IS WHERE IN AM GOING!”  & “THIS IS WHAT I AM WORKING TOWARD!”  We must exclaim in essence “THAT THIS IS the DESIRE of our Hearts!”

Less time must be spent on lesser things… and more focus on the MORE important ones.

I believe, and it has been my experience, that ” We truly do move toward and become that about which we consistently think and believe.”  Part of my personal challenge is how easily distracted I can be… quickly losing focus and then as Stephen Covey famously taught “getting caught up in the thick of thin things.”

January is ending today and this morning at 5:00 am – I set out to accomplish one of the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of this month… and I did.  Let me say that again, “I DID!”  This is a big deal to me because in the 12 months of 2016 there was not a single month I accomplished this monthly goal.

So I asked myself, “What helped to make the difference this time?”  The answer, I believe is fairly simple.  I wrote it down, I hung it up and I held it up (by sharing it with others and asking for help).

I changed my approach, I changed the set of my sails, and I worked harder to stay focused and this helped me to work harder period.

Do you need to change the set of your sails?

Are you going in the direction you desire?

Is your team?

Is your culture?

What will you focus more on today, this week, this month?

Sail ON!

Kirk Out


  1. Although I read this in February, there is nothing better than to right the set of the sail and focus on the destination. Thanks for your post, it and a few others have helped me understand the distractions and do the things necessary to overcome them.

    One final thing I am reminded in is from Henry Ford: When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

    Kirk, you continue to ROCK!

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