Adjust Your Sails to the Future

When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails,” is a quote from inspirational writer, H. Jackson Brown, Jr, is one that has depth and meaning if there are things going on in your life that you can’t control.

The only things you can change are those which you have control over. Therefore, you need to find a way to get on with your life (adjust your sails) and look to the future rather than spending more time on what’s not working.

People get into a bad habit of ignoring their problems. And, they may even get away with that for a little while. However, most problems will build into big problems unless fixed early. By fixing a problem early, you will save money.

Ignoring problems may seem similar to the bad habit of procrastination, but there are differences. Procrastination isn’t just about problems. You can procrastinate tasks you need to get accomplished. It is possible to procrastinate taking care of problems. And that is where the two are similar.

You may not realize it, but you may have a bad habit. Getting regular exercise is considered a good habit, and therefore if you are not getting regular exercise, that is a bad habit. The good news is that you can break this habit relatively easy.

You don’t have to participate in an extreme exercise to reap the benefits of exercise. You just need to be consistent and do it frequently. But, this does not mean that you should do it every single day. Three to four days of exercise, every week is going to be good enough for most people.

If you smoke, you need to stop. If not, you are looking at a lifetime of poor health. People who smoke are not able to perform at their optimal potential. You will get winded faster when you exert any activity. Plus, if you get to the point where you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you cannot recover from that.

Have you been trying to break a bad habit for a long time? You read about how to do it and give it a try. But, time and again, you keep repeating the same bad habits. Perhaps it’s eating the wrong foods, or you are smoking and simply can’t kick the habit.

Before you break your bad habits, you must think back to how you started them. What kind of mindset did you have at that point? Were you a teenager with low self-esteem? That could be why you started smoking. You wanted to fit in. You could also be overeating because you are stressed out about your job.