“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. “So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” Mark Twain
Sailing is immensely easier when the captain catches the wind in the sails. It means breaking out of the still waters and surging forward with seemingly endless power. To stand on a sailing vessel, when the wind is filling and straining the canvas sails to their full capacity is exhilarating and exciting. You can hear the sound of the ocean giving way to the force of your ship’s prow slicing through its waves.
Every life has times when you catch the wind in your sails. Those times when you fill unstoppable. When the obstacles of your life fall before you and your projects cut through life’s bureaucracy like a ship’s prow under full sail. Not only do you make progress, but your success seems almost effortless. You chart new dreams as you achieve old ones like a captain plotting new coordinates as his ship passes familiar points of call.
We don’t always call it “wind in the sails.” Sometimes we call it “being in the flow.” Sometimes we refer to it as “being in the groove.” As a man of faith, I call it having the favor of God on my life.If you’ve never been there, you’re missing out on one of life’s great joys.
Can we prompt the wind in sails effect? It appears that the phenomena has something to do with timing and that’s limiting, but there are things we can do.
- Relentlessly prepare yourself for success.
- Never surrender your passion for your dreams.
- Prune your life of behaviors that lower your integrity.
- Surround yourself with dreamers and goal achievers.
- Deepen your faith.
- Go further in your disciplines of faith.
- Clean the junk out of your life.
- Ask God to make you useful.
You never know when the wind will show up, but the above points will have you prepared and ready to take advantage when it does.
Twenty years will pass before you know it. When that day comes, will you be disappointed by your habit of playing it safe. Throw off your bowlines of your life, quit paddling around in the safe harbors. Let’s go sailing and feel wind in our sails and the hand of God on our lives.
God has some adventures waiting for you.