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Being too cautious can backfire...

Keep Moving

by  Michael Angier


Boat on a river

  photo courtesy of and xedos4

The sailboat was coming slowly into the marina

under power. There was a south wind blowing

about 15-20 knots and it was beginning to rain. The

helmsman appeared confident and with several

crew aboard I elected not to walk over to the

other dock and offer assistance. But I kept an

eye out just in case.

As the skipper made the turn into his slip he

slowed even more--so much so that he stopped.

It was then that the wind pushed his bow around

and,   before his crew could fend off, slammed it

into the end of the dock. With another go-around,

they recovered and eventually tied up safe and secure.

The hull's gel coat probably wasn't damaged nearly

as much as the pride of her skipper.

Always wanting to learn from others' mistakes, I thought

about what happened and how it could have been

avoided. It my opinion, the captain of

this yacht violated one of the basic principles

of seamanship: keep the boat moving.

In his well-intended effort to be cautious,

he lost steerage because the boat stopped its

forward motion. Without water flowing past

the rudder, he had no ability to direct his vessel.

Our lives are not boats, but it's not a bad metaphor.

Safe in harbor, we need times of rest and reflection

where action is not required. But in the

marketplace, when we take action, we need

to be doing enough to give us headway--enough

to guide and control our forward motion--to maintain


When we're moving ahead, we see things that

we wouldn't see at rest. We experience events

that otherwise wouldn't have occurred. Oftentimes,

the goal we start out to accomplish turns out

not to be what we wanted, but instead leads us

along our true path. All because of our forward motion.

A universal principle states that, "a body in motion

tends to remain in motion." Conversely, a body at

rest tends to remain at rest. And as we saw

in the example of the boat above, we can be

blown about by all manner of things that can,

and most often are, contrary to our intention.

When we rest, we should rest, but when the

time comes for action, KEEP MOVING!

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Michael Angier is the founder and president of Success Networks

International, publishers of SUCCESS STRATEGIES and SUCCESS DIGEST.

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