Ships don’t sink because of all the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets into them. How does this apply to you? We see it happening in our Western countries – the rubbish that is imported into our countries under the guise of “refugees” – but on a personal level, how does this apply to us?

What do you allow into your brain? In other words, what do you read, what songs do you listen to, what people do you listen to, what do you look at, what movies do you watch, What do you see and hear? Negative information is like the water getting into a ship. Good information – the truth, in other words – strengthens the hull of your ship in order that it may handle the storms of life better.

Smart people MANAGE their lives. Their goals and the actions they take to achieve those goals are carefully aligned – like arrows, all being shot in the same direction, away from the archer towards the enemy, not towards the archer. Like the runner I saw one day: she was all togged up in her running gear, complete with water bottle, bandana, the usual showy outfit, yet, when she stopped for a rest, she lit a cigarette! Crazy. Like breaking your diet, like shooting yourself in the foot, or letting water into your ship.

In the business arena, there are many people who are arranging the deck chairs and setting up their orchestras on sinking ships. That’s like buying a video store. Blockbuster has had its day. Make sure the business you start/buy into isn’t a sinking ship. Find one that is flexible, that can change fast and adjust to the times, that is reaching a growing market, like this one. The Sunk Cost Fallacy locks people into dying businesses and relationships that are no longer nurturing, simply because they have already spent so much time, effort and money in those relationships or businesses. Break free – cut bait!

 “Even a life raft is only supposed to get you from the sinking ship back to land, you were never intended to live in the life raft, to drift years on end, in sight of land but never close enough.” ― Nick Flynn

Reassess your life, your options, and your choices on a regular basis. What needs to be thrown overboard? What needs to be changed? What is allowing water into your beautiful ship? How can you strengthen your sails? How should you adjust your sails in order to take full advantage of the prevailing winds?

Robin Elliott