Let’s say your life is like taking a sailboat across the ocean.
In calm waters, almost any boat, almost any captain, will go far.
When storms hit… you have a decision to make.
DRIFT OR LEAD.
In your life, you are a leader, there are people on your boat, your family, your co-workers, and the teams you lead.
They look to you. Often when storms hit, the leader shrugs and says “let’s see how this plays out”, and will, because of fear, lack of communication, lack of inspiration, will allow the boat to simply drift with the storm. They don’t know what to do, so they do nothing. Inactivity breeds more fear. Spinning and hitting one wave or another. Up and down, not going forward, maybe going sideways, but maybe even going backwards. Not really sure. Just drifting, up and down, up and down. Yet the storm rages. Maybe we will be ok, maybe we will hit a rock.
Hopefully, the winds calm on their own, and we go back going forward.
But sometimes, when we simply drift the boat throws us overboard and we drown or we have a slow leak and slowly you take everyone down with you. Or in most cases, nothing much happens, we just drift. Not going forward or back.
But the rare leaders, the best captains, LEAD AND GUIDE with enthusiasm and courage continually during storms. They might almost seem crazy. They don’t drift, they YELL FORWARD! They trust their boat, their team, and themselves. And with great guidance and help they steer their boat. It’s the best chance of success in a storm.
Anytime you get ready to confront anything in life, you and your team around you will be filled with “what ifs.” I believe that is the devil’s work. It is not reality. It will drive you crazy though if you allow it. And those “what ifs” … will make you look at the storm and simply say, let’s pull up anchors, bring in the sails, and just see what happens. Let’s drift for awhile and freeze in fear.
Or… or the amazing happens.
Team, the below DIRECTLY FROM A NORTHSAILS.COM.
on how to “Sail Through Storms”. Wow, how life can mirror what we need to do here at Drexel…
“Misery and Danger”
“Although everyone will remember it differently years later, a long, wet, cold sail through a storm can be miserable. As skipper, you need to make the best of it: watch over your crew, offer relief or help to those who need it, and speak a few words of encouragement to all. “This is miserable, but it will end.”
Take the time to marvel at the forces of nature, and at your ability to carry on in the midst of the storm. Few people get to experience the full fury of a storm. It may not be pleasant, but it is memorable.
While misery and discomfort can eventually lead to fatigue, diminished performance, and even danger, do not mistake one for the other. Distinguish in your own mind the difference between misery and danger. Don’t attempt a dangerous harbor entrance to escape misery; that would compromise the safety of the boat and crew, just to avoid a little discomfort.”
DON’T ATTEMPT TO DRIFT. OR HIDE TO ESCAPE MISERY TO AVOID A LITTLE DISCOMFORT. LEAD BOLDLY MY FRIENDS!
I BELIEVE IN BEING STRONG WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING WRONG. – Audrey Hepburn