As a contractor, I have the wonderful opportunity to work from almost anywhere. My current client, BNG Bossy Nagy Group, has been agreeable and flexible, allowing me opportunities that many people only dream of. So, for the last week, I have been working from my new “office”; a 39 foot boat bound from Ontario to the Bahamas.
Being out on the water gives one a lot of time to reflect on life.
When you are journeying by boat, you generally have a final destination in mind; a goal of where you want to be and when. The interesting part is determining the route. Out in open waters, you are presented with vast options. Even with a final destination in mind, there are countless ways to get there.
On any trip of substantial distance, it is near impossible to chart a route ahead of time from beginning to end. Rather, it’s best to determine a general course but then each day, set an achievable target spot for today’s leg of the journey; a “waypoint”.
As you plot a route to the waypoint, there are so many things to consider. The bearing and speed of the wind, the wave heights and direction, water depths, what you want to see along the way and even your energy levels.
Often you will find, you will adjust your original general course to accommodate for changes in weather and conditions, even mid-route. It takes a lot of unnecessary energy and time to fight against the waves.
This is goal setting in action.
In life, we often set ourselves goals; to motivate us and keep us pushing forward. The important thing to remember is that even if we have a general idea of how we are going to get there; the options are vast. There are so many routes that can bring you to the same place.
As we move towards an objective, it takes a lot of energy to rigidly hold tight to a pre-planned course of action. Being flexible and keeping an open mind can smooth our progress. Adapting to circumstances and adjusting our “waypoints” along the way can reduce the “hard fight”, reducing stress and strain.
And ultimately, it can make the journey that much more enjoyable.