ASSESS THE SITUATION
From your fallback position,
take time to assess the situation and examine every possible
contingency. Itís rare for adversity to be so great that there
arenít many alternative ways of responding. There is a high
probability you have enough control over the situation so that
you can select an acceptable response to the setback rather than
have a single course of action dictated by your adversaries.
Before we sailed our boat up
the Red Sea, we had to pass through the Gulf of Aden, a body of
water notorious for pirate attacks against cruising yachts.
Each year, several yachts are attacked by pirates from Yemen or
Somalia. There is no way to go up the Red Sea without first
sailing through the Gulf of Aden; it isnít optional. Everyone
transiting this area has to assess the situation and come up
with a plan for how they are going to manage the risk associated
with acts of piracy.
Our assessment told us we had
three options. First, we could forget about sailing through the
Gulf, and instead sail for South Africa where there isnít a
problem with piracy. The second option was to sail right up the
middle of the Gulf seventy miles offshore. The third option was
to ignore the piracy risk and sail wherever we wanted.
After assessing the situation
we were fairly sure we could manage the risk using option two.
We sailed seventy miles offshore, straight up the middle of the
Gulf of Aden, and our conservative approach worked fine. It
took thirty six hours to sail through the danger zone, and then
we were free to sail wherever we wanted.
We formed a convoy in Oman so
we could travel in the company of other yachts as we sailed
through the danger zone. We also went to considerable effort to
sail down the middle of the Gulf of Aden, staying seventy miles
from Yemen and seventy miles from Somalia. The boats that
followed our plan made the trip without a problem. Two yachts
who deviated from this plan and sailed closer to Yemen were
attacked by pirates.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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