Seneca’s Tips on Sailing

What plans do you have?

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

Can you believe Thanksgiving has come around again? Where has the year gone? Where has YOUR year gone? Do you even know? Or do your days rush by in a blur with no direction?

The great Roman philosopher Seneca was right on, wasn’t he? Statistics show that only 3% of us have tangible goals. The other 97% are sailing with no port in mind. Just going where the wind blows us. Watching the years fly by.

Success in any venture requires a plan. So often we overlook this wisdom, don’t we? And yet, we hope the chef at our favorite restaurant has plan. We surely hope the dentist with a drill has a plan.

Don’t tell me it’s different. It only seems different because you didn’t have to make the plan and follow through. Most of what we do would be more successful if we had a plan. Big things, small things, short-term or long-term. CEO’s and pastors need plans. Generals and teachers need plans. Coaches for every sport at every level need a detailed plan. Even when I coached elementary basketball and T-ball, there had to be a daily plan.

I have not always been a stellar example of planning and following through. But I am making strides, laying out specific ports where I want to land, calculating wind speed and direction to get there…and leaving room for spontaneous fun!

If you are doing that as well, or if you want to talk about how, or if you think this column is complete bunk, leave me a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts…