set your course in advance

When I was in the Coast Guard, we would spend hours plotting out the direct course we intended to take well before we ever left the pier.

We did this both on paper format and digitally as a backup.

If you have ever looked at a nautical chart or map, you will see many navigational hazards that need to be avoided.

Things like sandbars, reefs, shoal water, etc. When we come across these things, we go around them, we don’t turn around and head home. We were able to do this because we had our path planned out in advance.

The same is true in life.

Life is full of hazards that cannot be avoided, so instead of ignoring them all together. Make a plan to navigate around them and then keep steaming toward your destination.

The Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in part because it was going to fast through an area of limited visibility.

Not only do we need to sometimes alter our course to avoid hazards, but we may need to alter our speed as well.

Mark out your path out from start to finish. Take into account all of the navigational hazards you may come across.



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