Getting Out of Your Stall

I have always been attracted to sailing. I don’t think you can beat zipping along a peaceful body of water in the evening at about 20 knots with only the sound of the water lapping at your hull. The wind makes almost no sound and you can feel your heart beat in rhythm with the sheets (sails).

A “stall” occurs when you no longer have the wind in control and are between tacks (directions).  According to GoSailing.info, “Stalling midway through a tack is a common problem and it relates… to boat speed and carrying the boat’s speed through the turn.”

In a stall the wind is still present; but you have lost the direction and your momentum has come to a complete stop. In life and business, there come stalls. The wind is still there, but you have to change your direction to catch it and command it again.

Yes command the wind. The wind works for you, not the other way around. In most stalls we have lost command of the wind, movement or motion. Once we capture that momentum, it works for us.

Never assume you work for the wave, the trend, the movement or wind. Sailors know it works at their advantage.  But you must be headed in the right direction to take full advantage of its power in your life.

And that can be into the wind, away from the wind and across the wind. It depends on where you want to go. Your speed will be governed by your direction, desired path and ultimate destination.

How has your speed decreased and created the stall in your career? More importantly, where is the wind blowing from, and how can you seize it to move in a new tack?

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