“Never Quit” is the only way to
make your plan and purpose happen when you encounter setbacks.
The first seven steps are a waste of time unless you take the
final one. When many people encounter trivial levels of
resistance, they quickly decide their dreams are impossible, and
they surrender. That approach never works. You must be willing
to do whatever it takes to make your dreams happen, and “Never
Quit” must become your watch word. When “Never Quit” is your
constant companion, adversity and setbacks are only detours on
the road to your dreams.
In the winter of 2000, we
sailed our yacht nine hundred miles from New Zealand to New
Caledonia in the South Pacific. We waited for nineteen days for
bad weather to clear before we could leave New Zealand. We
sailed through a narrow weather window, heading north on the
nineteenth day. Seas were down to twelve feet and the wind was
down to twenty knots with higher gusts.
We sailed one hundred and
eighty miles north during the first twenty-four hours at sea.
The second day we made one hundred sixty miles north. On the
third day, the weather window closed, and we were captured in a
squash zone of compressed isobars between a low and a high
pressure area. The weather deteriorated as seas piled up and
the wind increased. Before long, the winds were in the vicinity
of fifty knots, and the seas were having their way with the
When sixteen foot seas hit the
catamaran, and instantly knocked it six feet sideways, we knew
we were in trouble. We took a beating for eight hours, and
before sunset, it was clear we had to take countermeasures to
protect ourselves. If conditions deteriorated further after
sunset, we would be in major difficulty. We made our decision.
We deployed our eighteen foot diameter parachute sea anchor. We
put the parachute in the water and let out five hundred feet of
one inch rope to tether the catamaran to the sea anchor, and
then we waited to see what would happen.
Although the wind continued to
howl, the yacht comfortably rose up on the gale driven seas once
we were lying to the sea anchor. Adversity was no longer in
control, and the storm was now only a minor setback on our
voyage to the South Pacific. Our actions prevented personal
injury and significant damage to the yacht.
After seventeen hours on the
sea anchor, we were able to resume our voyage north. As we
pulled in the parachute, we felt grateful we had a strategy that
could take us safely through adversity and setbacks. We were
fine and our yacht was fine. We were confident we would reach
When you sail the ocean of your
dreams, you will encounter adversity and setbacks. The storm of
thoughts that blow through your mind will threaten to overwhelm
your ship. Nevertheless, if you follow these eight common sense
steps, your sea anchor will hold, and soon you will resume the
voyage to your dreams.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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