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.
When I relocated to Miami, where I knew only one person at the time, I was faced with many new beginnings. The 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 marked many new opportunities. It was an exciting adventure. It was also a tremendous learning experience that challenged me in ways I had never dreamed of when I began the journey. Following are four tips that will help you navigate more confidently and successfully as you set sail.
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.
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.
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.
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. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.” ~ Mark Twain
Pat Morgan, MBA and Executive Coach, helps clients maximize their potential in today’s fast-paced environment. Her unique coaching programs inspire clients to achieve goals they may never have thought possible. Her focus draws from the inside out – helping clients become the best version of themselves they can be.