Plotting a course… How it should work.

We are all faced with difficulties, disaster and setbacks. However it is the way in which we respond to these that defines who we are.

Getting out of a hole or bind requires a different kind of thinking that the thinking that got you there in the first places (severely adapted from a quote by Albert Einstein).


Plot a course

Plot a course


Solution: (I know the next few steps will seem incredibly simple, but just try it!!)

  • First we need to figure out where we want to go
    • Desired destination
  • Then only do we try and find out where we are
    • Yes this is the correct order
  • Find the shortest (safest) route to get from departing point to destination
    • Understand that this is only the desired route
    • Accept that things will change along the way
  • Commit to the course and establish the resources required to reach the destination
    • Add in a little extra – to make sure; because things change
  • Source the resources and plan when and where you will add to the resources
    • Cannot always start with everything on-board – some resources are only needed later on and can be acquired then
  • Get everybody to understand where you are going
    • Most importantly those who will be with you on the journey
  • Don’t hesitate – Depart 


The strangest thing will happen as soon as you depart…. People will simply start doing things in line with getting to the destination. Things will go wrong, things will change and yes there will be stormy seas, unfavourable winds, shortages and deviations; but having a clear course planned out, will allow you to make adjustments to getting back or course.

Getting back on course is much easier and can be more rewarding that trying to adjust the destination, plot a new course or abandoning the voyage (all of which remain options throughout).

Communicating course specific progress, recognising and congratulating extraordinary effort to regain or maintain the course cannot be done enough.



On approaching the destination it would not hurt to make an evaluation of who contributed what towards the successful voyage. (Please see if you can notice the effort extended by others more clearly than your own – just a suggestion)

Put them forward to gain recognition, praise and adulation – giving is a law of nature.

Enjoy the rest and START PLANNING the next trip………

Have a happy trip…

Peripheral to this post here are some tweets I received on Friday:

  • Happiness is a form of courage. – Holbrook Jackson
  • The only source of human improvement is originality. – Chris Voss
  • All men of action are dreamers. – James G. Huneker
  • Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected. – William Safire
  • Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • When we blame, we give away our power. – Greg Anderson
  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe that they are free. – Goethe
  • We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. – Jean de La Bruyere

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