As I have watched my friend Erden Eruc plan for and execute on his dream of human-powered circumnavigation of the world (with summit attempts on the highest peak on six continents thrown in), I have often thought how many parallels there are between what he is doing and creating the life of your dreams.
Take planning and control, for example. So often, we obsess about where life is going to take us. We feel the need for the security of certainty. But the reality is, often the best we can do is to carefully plan, ride where things take us, and adapt along the way.
In today's dispatch from the Pacific, Erden elaborates on his watermaker and its various backups. Then he makes a point that could easily apply to our efforts in life.
Redundancy and alternate game plans require some advance planning, and where it all fails, creativity, improvization and survival skills help. Trusting that all will be fine is a comforting thought.
It's not about getting everything nailed down beyond a shadow of a doubt. That's probably not going to happen. But you can take a look at how you can prepare to maximize your chances for success, and then - rather than wail and moan when things go awry - tap into creativity and improvization to take you where you want to go.
Finally, he says...
I am about 150nm south of San Diego, and 500nm west of Bahia San Quintin. I can kick back and write a long dispatch as the boat tracks nicely due SW in favorable conditions, exactly where I want to go. I am feeling pretty good about my chances to carry on toward the dateline. I worry unnecessarily about my approach path to Australia, the last third of this crossing; the ocean will inevitably tell me where to go eventually.
I love that last sentence. "...the ocean will inevitably tell me where to go eventually." And so it is with life. So often we obsess with locking down the details every step of the way, when in reality what we need to do is pay attention, direct our progress as much as we can, pay attention to where life is telling us to go, and use that knowledge to go with the current rather than against it.
Take a look at your life right now. If you listen with an attitude of possibility, where is life telling you to go?
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM