MAKE A LIMITED AND ORDERLY RETREAT
It is rare that a mistake is so
large and so wrong that all is lost. You can usually assume a
fall back position. In any campaign, you should have fallback
positions prepared in advance for the moment of adversity. This
guarantees that if you experience a setback, you limit the
amount of damage and the amount of ground lost. A limited and
orderly retreat is preferable to total unconditional surrender,
and the amount of ground lost and assets compromised may be
smaller than feared.
When we sailed up the Red Sea,
we always had a fallback position and an alternate destination
we could head for. More than once, we had to make a limited and
orderly retreat because it was impossible to continue.
One evening, we left a secure
anchorage in southern Egypt, and motored north in flat calm seas
without a breath of wind. We thought we had it made in the
shade; our next destination was only forty miles north, and we
would get there just after daylight the next day. It was a
great plan except for one thing; at one oíclock in the morning,
the wind suddenly increased to forty knots directly on the nose,
and within one hour all forward progress stopped.
When the wind blows that
strongly, itís not long before the seas build up and start
breaking over the yacht. The boat motion becomes dangerously
chaotic, and it becomes progressively more difficult to keep the
boat safely under control. Thatís exactly what happened to us;
we were in trouble in the middle of the night, and we had to
make a limited and orderly retreat back to where we started
eight hours previously.
Although it wasnít fun getting
beaten up by strong winds and heavy seas in the middle of the
night, at least it wasnít an overwhelming problem, because we
had a fallback position to which we could make a limited and
orderly retreat. We were mentally and physically exhausted when
we put our anchor down in the morning, but at least we had not
lost ground from where we started.
Thatís what you try to do when
setbacks happen. Give up the least amount of ground possible,
and quickly regroup at a fallback position. Just because you
canít move forward, and just because you temporarily have to go
into reverse, doesnít mean you have to go back to square zero.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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