Setting Sail to Your Destination
Whether taking on a new project, starting a new job, beginning a
new relationship, retiring, relocating, or any new start,
setting sail can be the most exciting and exhilarating part of
the journey. The anticipation that comes with taking off toward
your destination helps to propel you forward. However, setting
sail may also be accompanied by challenges or feelings of
anxiety and fear as you leave the safety of the known to risk
stepping into the unknown. For me, the past two years have been
a time of new beginnings. A move to a new city, getting settled
in a new home, meeting new friends and colleagues, exploring a
new area and learning a new language have marked many new
opportunities. It has been an exciting adventure and a time that
I have enjoyed very much. It has also been a tremendous learning
experience and has challenged me in ways I'd never dreamed of
when I began this journey. Following are four tips that have
helped me during this time and that I hope will help you
navigate more confidently and successfully as you set sail.
Four Tips for Setting Sail Successfully 1.VISUALIZE THE DESIRED
OUTCOME. Get clear about the results you want to achieve. Take
some time to think about your desired outcome and to visualize
yourself having already achieved it. Think about what it will
look like and how you will feel. Write down your goal and keep
it in front of you to help you focus as you navigate your
journey. Ask yourself: What outcome do I want from this
2.CHART YOUR COURSE. Create a plan that will guide you to your
desired outcome. Taking time to plan will help you be more
prepared for unexpected events that may happen along the way.
Not only does a plan serve as a compass to guide you on your
journey, but it also frees you from the constant pressure of
deciding where to go next. Ask yourself: Where do I want to go?
When do I want to get there? What course do I need to chart?
3.TAKE ACTION. Decide that you will take action toward your
dreams and goals. Taking action creates momentum and positive
energy to propel you forward. Small steps taken consistently
lead to big accomplishments. Whether it is a diet, an exercise
plan, a major project or a college degree, the job is easier and
less daunting when it is broken down into smaller steps. Decide
that you will do one thing everyday for your dream. Ask
yourself: What is one thing I can do now to get into action?
4.ENJOY THE JOURNEY. Life cannot be collected. Happiness cannot
be traveled to, earned, owned, worn or consumed. It is found in
the present moment. Reward yourself for having the courage to
try something new and look for ways to celebrate along the way.
Ask yourself: What will I do this week to have fun and celebrate
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